A Victorian Coalition Government grant will assist the Melbourne Racing Club in running its inaugural Charity Race Day on 28 September 2014 at Caulfield Racecourse.
The race day will take place on Sunday 28 September, with proceeds being donated from general admission ticketing, hospitality and sponsorship sales to support fundraising and provide awareness for the 17 charitable organisations involved.
Speaking at the launch of this unique race day, Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services and Member for Caulfield David Southwick, said this new race day was a reflection of the great work the racing industry did in supporting charities and other worthy causes.
“To help put on family activities and promote this special Charity Race Day, the Victorian Government will provide almost $64,000 to the Melbourne Racing Club from the Raceday Attraction Program (RAP),” Mr Southwick said.
“The funding will assist the club to provide a range of family focused entertainment including Camp Australia activities for children and live music to entertain racegoers throughout the day.
“This grant will assist the Melbourne Racing Club in not just making it a great day out for families but also help maximise its donations to the selected charities.
“I commend the MRC on this initiative to support a range charities and community organisations who do such stellar work.
“The racing community has a proven track record of rallying together to help great causes, worthy organisations and individuals or families in need.
“In fact, the Victorian Racing Industry Size and Scope study released in May showed that 630 charities and community organisations were financial assisted by race clubs.
Mr Southwick said the focus of the RAP, funded entirely by on-course wagering taxes, is to bring more people back to the racecourse particularly those who are not regular racegoers.
“The RAP has already supported many race day events here at Caulfield including Easter Cup Day which is the day of Melbourne’s Greatest Ever Easter Egg Hunt supporting the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.
“With a fantastic day of Group One racing, family activities and assisting charities, I invite everyone to come along to this wonderful race day event on 28 September,” Mr Southwick said.
Inaugural MRC Charity Race Day Launch: (L-R) David Southwick, Jacqueline Felgate, Peter Norman, Lydia Schiavello, Brodie Arnhold.