Launch of Beanies for Brain Cancer month a success at Burwood Inn Race Day

Launch of Beanies for Brain Cancer month a success at Burwood Inn Race Day

1500+ patrons attended  the 2nd edition of the Burwood Inn Race Day supporting the Mark Hughes Foundation on Saturday June 3, 2023.The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) was formed in 2014 by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following the ex-Knights diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013. The MHF has become a meaningful cause to Novocastrians. The MHF’s most recognisable fundraising activity is the Beanies For Brain Cancer month which kicks off on June 1 with new beanies each year.

The race day raised just over $43,000 from donations, raffles, auctions and merchandise sales.

The Burwood Inn Mark Hughes Foundation Cup was won by Aristonous for Trainer Annabel Neasham. Gary Harley – Sky Racing presenter and past football coach of Mark Hughes – presented the Cup which was decorated with a MHF beanie.

Also in attendance were former Newcastle Knights Players Steve Crowe, Kurt Gidley, Mark Hughes, Brett Clements, Bill Peden and Jarrod O’Doherty showing their support for the cause.

Trekkers, Grace and Sam supplemented the day with funds raised for their 150km Big Three Trek from Newcastle to Sydney for the Mark Hughes Foundation, we wish them all the best on their journey.


Newcastle Racecourse CEO Duane Dowell was thrilled with the support from patrons on the day for such a worthy cause.

“We are delighted to be involved with a great charity such as the Mark Hughes Foundation, this day is set to grow quickly in years to come”

The Burwood Inn’s owner, Tony Dart, notes ““Holding an event with over 300 people is a breeze with Newcastle Racecourse. The team have everything ready and waiting for a great day out and it’s always a pleasure to be raising money for the Mark Hughes Foundation”.

With the Burwood Inn Race Day supporting MHF looking to secure this successful day again on June 1st in 2024, Newcastle Racecourse looks forward to becoming a staple part of the launch calendar.

For further details, or to arrange an interview contact with CEO Duane Dowell please contact Marketing Coordinator, Isabella Heintze. P: 0402 942 394