Racing for a cure

MORE than 1000 Dubbo residents and visitors from neighbouring towns attended the first Pink Day Out at the Dubbo Turf Club yesterday.

Dubbo Turf Club general manager Mark Day said he was very pleased with the numbers, with people coming from as far as Sydney and Bourke and everywhere in between.

“It speaks volumes about the people who came out to support this great cause,” he said.

“I would be disappointed if we don’t reach a five figure donation to the McGrath Foundation.”

As the crowds sat enjoying the summer sun with a cool breeze, the Daily Liberal spoke to one Dubbo resident.

Marlene McLeod was busy eating sandwiches and said she had a personal reason to support the worthy cause.

“I’m a cancer survivor,” she said. 

“I had cervical cancer and for the past 20 years I’ve been pretty lucky to be in remission.”

She said the charity event was important as it raised money for much needed research.

“My father died from cancer and had there been money for research he would have survived,” she said. “Because I have a personal link, this really hits home.”

Mrs McLeod said she felt proud to be part of the first Pink Day Out raising money with her fellow residents and visitors to help find a cure for cancer.

“It shows the regional community cares just as much as the cities do,” she said.

“We could have more cancer facilities out here with our fundraising events.”

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