Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 1 August 2017) . . Page.. 2304 ..
diagnosed with brain tumours. A hundred per cent of all funds raised or donated goes to paediatric brain tumour research at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
As well as raising much-needed funds for research, Dainere’s Rainbow raises awareness about paediatric brain tumours and, through the publication By My Side, reaches out to other families also impacted by the devastation of paediatric brain tumours.
The gala dinner is an annual event and is the major fundraiser for the research fund. The evening was dedicated to all children diagnosed with paediatric brain tumours and to remember and honour those children who have lost their lives, as well as those who are presently fighting this disease and those who have survived but have been left with devastating side effects.
The 2017 dinner was a sell-out and raised over $39,000. The evening was made possible due to a number of major partners for Dainere’s Rainbow, including Group One, Tatts On Tatts Off, Rolfe Property Services, Qcity Transit, Regional Wholesale Fruit Market, and Simeco Electrical Contractors. The event was also supported by corporate community partners Transit Graphics, QCity Transit and My Gungahlin, as well as many community partners.
The 2018 gala dinner will be held on 16 June 2018 at the Abbey Function Centre at Gold Creek. I would encourage Canberrans to register for this event or to donate to the fund. Information on donating is available on the Dainere’s Rainbow website at www.daineresrainbow.com.au.
I commend Dainere’s family for their ongoing efforts to raise awareness about paediatric brain tumours and funds for research. I would like to conclude my remarks with an inspirational quote from Dainere herself:
When a shadow comes across your life, hold your face to the sunshine, then your shadow will fade into the distance and your life will only be filled with warmth and light.
Greyhound racing—Canberra Greyhound Racing Club
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (4.56): Today I rise to reiterate the ACT Greens’ support for a ban on greyhound racing in the ACT. As has been publicly reported, the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club have begun defamation proceedings against me after I commented on radio that there are animal welfare issues associated with the greyhound racing industry. Not only do I stand by the comments I made, I condemn the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club for repeatedly trying to slap lawsuits on those who speak up against this exploitative industry. Defamation suits are a classic tactic used to stifle criticism by those who cannot or will not engage in public debate and address the issues at hand.
This is not the first time we have seen these sorts of bullying tactics from the Greyhound Racing Club. They have also threatened legal action against the RSPCA multiple times. As an MLA I am privileged to be able to speak freely about