Pink Silks a work in progress

Jockey Kasie Stanley, trainer Jim Jarvis and Speed Of Dark are reigning Pink Silks Cup champions.
Jockey Kasie Stanley, trainer Jim Jarvis and Speed Of Dark are reigning Pink Silks Cup champions. Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advoc

THERE will be some subtle but significant changes by the time Pink Silks racing returns to Coffs Harbour on Sunday, January 10.

The colour and excitement of a day at the races remains, along with dedication to a task which has so far provided more than $350,000 of funding for equipment, support and programs for women in the Coffs Coast region as well as breast cancer research.

Now, Pink Silks is a registered charity and will spread its wings.

The venture is now known as the Coffs Harbour Pink Silks Perpetual Trust covering all bases for local women's health.

Committee chairperson Tanya Johnson said the CHPSPT has joined The Coffs Coast Advocate on a mission to share good news about health and well-being for the women of this area.

"We will be providing information on different support groups in our area and their work," Ms Johnson said.

"It will make the community aware that service and assistance is available including education and the initiation of new services," she said.

"We also have regular Pink Silks events throughout the year, as a chance to have a laugh and enjoy the company of many locals, who want to help make a direct difference in our community."

CHPSPT is committed to raising awareness and funds for all local women who are challenged by illness.

Uniquely, it will provide funding to groups that make approved submissions for assistance, and to other local trusts, foundations and registered charities, to enable them to continue their work in our community.

"As a committee we have an obligation to ensure the money is used the best way possible, helping as many women as possible, for as many years as possible," Ms Johnson

"We truly need to support our women on the Coffs Coast, not only with cancer but the numerous illness that can change a woman's life in an instant," she said.

A Coffs Harbour Pink Silks Perpetual Trust Facebook page has been set up, with more information at

Ladies on the Pink Silks committee will hold their Christmas party today in the Pier Hotel Cellar Bar.

Meanwhile, the club will race this Tuesday with a seven-race TAB program.

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