Race meet running to end family violence

Horses will be thundering around the Maryborough harness racing track this weekend for the #sayNO2familyviolence campaign-sponsored harness race meet.

In its fifth consecutive year, the event sees the Maryborough Harness Racing Club partner with the Maryborough Rotary Club who launched the campaign against family violence in 2014.

Rotary member and driving force behind the #sayNO2familyviolence campaign, Garry Higgins, said the event will be broadcast nationally.

“The harness racing club are brilliant in supporting our efforts to spread the word that violence in the family is just not acceptable,” he said.

“The event is broadcast and it reaches thousands of people worldwide. It goes into something like 3500 TABs and clubs throughout Australia.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get a lot of people involved and make them aware of the issue.”

Mr Higgins said races will have a theme relating to the campaign.

“Some races will have themes relating to our campaign like respect your partner and there’s a gender equality race,” he said.

There will be eight races on the cards this Sunday with the first to get underway at 1.34 pm and the last at 5.39 pm.

For more on this story see Page 10 of The Advertiser, Friday, November 1

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