Winner of the Flair Contribution to the Teal Pants Campaign announced
Praised for her work raising money and awareness about ovarian cancer, Canterbury-based trainer and driver Hayley Clarke (pictured far right) has been named as the winner of this year’s Contribution to Team Teal Award.
The award sponsored by Flair South Island (For Ladies Advancing the Interests of Racing) is awarded to the female driver who goes above and beyond during the Teal Pants Campaign. Nominations are sent to Flair for them to narrow down the winner.
In announcing the decision, Denise Smythe from Flair South Island said that “Hayley had gone way beyond expectations consistently throughout the campaign”.
Hayley received four separate nominations. Throughout the six weeks of the campaign she helped out at many venues around the South Island includeding putting up teal-related displays on course as well as encouraging donations. She also posted regularly on social media to push the cause to a wider audience.
The TEAL campaign raised a record $50,000 this year thanks to the hard work of Hayley and others.
Hayley was “honoured” and “privileged” to get the award and said that part of her approach was to inform people from all walks of life, not just the racing industry. She also wanted to thank Flair South Island for sponsoring such a great award that many of the female drivers strive to win.
“I talked to people at my work and friends who are outside the sport. I was surprised how many knew people who had been affected by ovarian cancer, and also those who did not know about the cause, and to inform them about it was a cool feeling.”
And Hayley is not about to stop now.
“As long as HRNZ is still supporting it, I’ll be supporting it.”