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Tasmanian drivers get behind Movember

12:18 AM 15 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Ricky Duggan, harness racing
Ricky Duggan sporting the first few days' growth of a moustache for Movember
Peter Staples Photo

A group of Tasmania's harness racing driver-trainers have banded together to raise money for the awareness of men's health as well as research into prostate cancer.

Rohan Hillier and his brother Troy along with Barrie, Gareth and Todd Rattray, Ricky Duggan, Adrian Collins, Christian Salter and Rodney Ashwood have offered to grow moustaches or beards as part of the Movember campaign.

Movember is a national campaign aimed at raising funds for men's health and growing a Mo or a beard from being clean-shaven at the start of the month and come the end of November participants can either shave off the growth or leave it.

The project has proven to be a great way to raise funds through individual sponsorship and it gives much-needed funding to promote awareness of men's health and in particular prostate cancer.

"It's a great way to raise not only awareness of prostate cancer but we are able to contribute towards racing money to make people aware of men's health. It's a very worthwhile cause," Hillier said.

BOTRA, Tasmania's breeders, owners, trainers, and reinspersons association has offered to donate $20 to the cause for each win produced by the participating drivers and Tasracing, the state's governing body will match it.

"We hope to drive 40 winners between us and if we do that's $1600 we will donate to the cause plus whatever personal sponsorships we can arrange," Hillier said.

Ricky Duggan snared a double on Sunday while Gareth Rattray guided Destreos to a stirring victory in the feature race the Cannonball Charge.

Peter Staples

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