Grandview Stud’s top stallion helps cancer researchers
GRANDVIEW Stud's stakes-winning stallion Whittington is passing on more than just his good genes this year - his services have raised funds for those impacted by cancer.
In support of the Queensland Cancer Council, Grandview Stud owner Michael Grieve has generously donated $3000 from Whittington's service fee.
The thoroughbred, a son of top class sire Tale of the Cat, is a former dual-stakes-winning sprinter, having taken out the iconic Breeders' Plate and listed Lightning Stakes.
Mr Grieve secured Whittington in June to be the foundation stallion at his Peak Crossing property and said his services were sought after by trainers of thoroughbreds.
He said his family and Grandview Stud staff had been extensively touched by cancer, which inspired them all to donate towards the important work of the Cancer Council.
"We saw this as an opportunity to do something to give back and support others in our community who have been touched by cancer," Mr Grieve said.
"My family was first touched by cancer about 20 years ago, when my sister, Kim died after a battle with bowel cancer.
"Since then, my mum has been running a big morning tea event each year at the Ipswich Showgrounds which has so far raised more than $50,000.
"More recently, one of our Stud staff, vet nurse Amanda Hollick lost her mother to cancer a couple of months ago."
Mr Grieve said when Whittington's service was auctioned off, the buyer was delighted to support the cause as well.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift thanked the Stud for their generosity and commitment to the charity's mission to beat cancer.
"It's inspiring to see locals using their skills and talents to help make a difference and reduce the burden of cancer on local communities," she said.
"Every dollar helps create hope for cancer survivors, hope for loved ones lost and hope for a cancer free future."
For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.