Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, is dedicating the grand final night of the Bankstown City Council Cup Carnival of Harness Racing – this Friday, August 23rd, 2013 – as “Daffodil Day Race Night”,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho has announced.
‘Bankstown Paceway is delighted to join with all Australians in marking the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day with a traditional Friday night at Trots – with the proceeds of all flowers and merchandise sold on the night going directly to the Cancer Council and to the fight against cancer,’ Mr Ho said.
‘One in every two Australian men and one in every three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, and an estimated 124,910 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in our nation this year – with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020,’ he said.
‘With all funds raised from Daffodil Day Race Night going directly to the Cancer Council’s continuing fight to defeat cancer, Friday night’s fundraiser will bring together people from all walks of life for a time of fun, entertainment, celebration and remembrance,’ Mr Ho added.
‘Daffodil Day is such an important day to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Council,’ said Daffodil Day Ambassador, Australian Olympian and harness racing horse owner Stephanie Rice.
‘It is a day of Hope! Hope to continue research for better treatments, survival and most of all a cure,’ Ms Rice added.
Daffodil Day Race Night will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Friday, August 23rd, 2013, as part of the Bankstown City Cup Carnival of Harness Racing. Gates open at 5.30 pm and the first race will commence at 6.30 pm. Racecourse entry is free.
Facts on Cancer in Australia
- An estimated 124,910 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year – with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020.
- 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
- Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – more than 43,700 people are estimated to have died from cancer in 2011. Cancer accounted for about 3 in 10 deaths in Australia.
- Nearly 15,000 more people die each year from cancer than 30 years ago, this is due mainly to population growth and aging. However, the death rate (number of deaths per 100,000 people) has fallen by 16 per cent.
- More than 60 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer in Australia will survive more than five years after diagnosis.
- The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades.
- The most common cancers in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) are prostate, colorectal (bowel), breast, melanoma and lung cancer. These five cancers account for over 60 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in Australia
- Over 434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers each year, with 543 people dying in 2011.
- Cancer costs more than $3.8 billion in direct health system costs (7.2 per cent).
- $378 million was spent on cancer research in 2000-01, 22 per cent of all health research expenditure in Australia.
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