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Ride Like a Girl – End Polio fundraiser at the Saraton

Rotary International and Grafton Midday Rotary Club are proud to present the film “Ride like a Girl” for its Australia wide release on September 26 as our 2019 fundraiser for the End Polio Now project.

Grafton Midday Rotary President Bob Booth explained that this is a heart-warming story of the young girl who battles disadvantage with determination and hard work to achieve her dream.

Ride like a Girl is the incredible true story of Michelle Payne.
As a little girl, Michelle Payne (played by Teresa Palmer) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup, horse racing’s toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by her single father Paddy (played by Sam Neill). She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and, after early failure, she finds her feet. A family tragedy followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends her dream. With the love of her dad and brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice and protests of her siblings, she rides on and meets Prince of Penzance. Together, they overcome impossible odds for a shot at her dream, a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.
“Grafton Midday Rotary is proud to present this film, on 26 September only, with all the proceeds to be donated to Rotary International’s ‘End Polio Now’ program which aims to eliminate polio world-wide and is very, very close to achieving that aim” said Mr Booth.
The film will screen at Grafton’s Saraton Theatre on Thursday September 26 starting at 6:30pm and tickets are available from the Saraton or on-line at

Ticket prices:-

Children (under 12) $12.50; seniors, students and young adults $15; adults $17; family package for 2 adults and 3 children $59.

The film synopsis has been supplied by the distributors Transition Films with film credits as:

Directed by: Rachel Griffiths.
Written by: Andrew Knight, Elise McCredie.
Produced by: Richard Keddie, Rachel Griffiths, Susie Montague.
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Stevie Payne (as himself), Genevieve Morris, Magda Szubanski.