Girls go harness racing for charity at Bendigo's Lord's Raceway
Each November the Bendigo Harness Racing Club holds a High Tea in the Committee Room and a race meeting at Lord's Raceway Bendigo to raise money to support research into ovarian cancer. Lyn's High Tea is a very special event held in memory of Lyn McPherson, who passed away from this insidious disease in March 2010. The Bendigo Harness Racing Club supports the event with the facilities and race names as well as fund raising activities on the evening of the High Tea. Debra Aldred, wife of the Club's CEO David Aldred co-ordinates the Fund Raising activities for the High Tea with all proceeds raised from High Tea tickets sales, raffles and other activities going to the charity. This year guests attended from all parts of Victoria with the guest speaker Australia's only female race broadcaster Victoria Shaw captivating the room with her stories about her path to becoming a racecaller. Bendigo's "Girls Only" - Girls Go Racing syndicate pacer, an unamed daughter of Major in Art and Yorkshire Rebel was paraded at the race meeting and the Club staged a Lady Drivers Trophy race. In an all girls thrilling finale, Maree Campbell won the trophy driving maiden mare Miss Ruthless for owner Dawn Leppard. Uniquely, all girls contested the race, the winner was a mare owned by a female, a female called the race in front of the watchful eye of a female chair of stewards, Kylie Harrison and a female race judge, Clare Weston.
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