How we started

The idea of terrier racing as a fundraiser was started by a group of friends and a bottle of bubbles. Carol (one of our friends) had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and was self-funding her Herceptin treatment in Australia.

When we were all talking about what we could do to help Carol, an idea of running a terrier race was initiated. The very first ‘Terrier Race against Time’ was held in 2006 at Pam and Darcy Hamilton’s farm at Tiniroto. It coincided with the Melbourne Cup day and 130 people attended in their best attire with 55 dogs. We raised $7000 that first year.

A year later when the event moved to the Poverty Bay Polo Grounds, $15,000 was raised and in 2008 another $22,000 was raised local women with breast cancer.

When Herceptin became government funded in 2008 – it was decided to put the money towards providing a pack full of helpful thing’s and vouchers for all women diagnosed with breast cancer in the Gisborne/East coast area.

We moved our event to the Gisborne Showground’s in 2010 and have run the terrier racing bi-annually since then.

On the in- between years we have held some ‘fun’ fundraising days at the showground’s as well.

Over the years we have raised more than $150,000 to help Tairawhiti women battling breast cancer.