HAY MATE - $30,000 DROUGHT ASSISTANCE FOR LOCAL RACING AND COMMUNITIES
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed $30,000 in support from the Australian Turf Club Foundation’s donation of hay to support local racing enthusiasts.
“The impact of this drought has been unprecedented and its effect is spreading wide through regional communities like the one I live in.
“This is the kind of support that really matters among our owners and trainers.
“I know how much this donation from the Australian Turf Club Foundation will mean to our local racing enthusiasts.
“It’s getting more difficult to access quality hay and our local lucerne growers have no allocation to water up their crops.
“I want to thank the Australian Turf Club for their support and know their donations are gratefully received,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Australian Turf Club Foundation Chairman Phil Morley said as NSW’s principal thoroughbred racing club the ATC was proud to help racing and local communities across NSW.
“These latest grants to our racing industry participants will help many struggling with the ongoing and devastating impacts of drought,’’ Mr Morley said.
“The National Jockeys Trust and Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy also provide great assistance to many racing people.
“The ATC Foundation is also very pleased to help those who work and live in the communities around our racecourses and the fabulous causes they assist all year round.
“We will continue to invite expressions of interest from NSW thoroughbred racing clubs and participants, and charitable organisations, for the allocation of future funds raised by our customers and racing fans.’’
NSW Trainers Association CEO Glenn Burge welcomed the support.
“The NSW Trainers Association is delighted the ATC Foundation has supported our request to assist trainers and their owners in the worst-hit drought region,” Mr Burge said.
Tamworth Jockey Club General Manager Mitchell Shaw said local members of the racing industry are delighted with the donation.
“We are grateful for this support as every day we see first-hand the impact the drought has on trainers, their viability and the impact on their staff and families,” he said.
The Foundation is distributing a second round of funds to NSW racing participants and community organisations.
A total of $128,651 from on course fundraising, saddle cloth auctions and sales of merchandise at major racing carnivals will be distributed.
In less than it’s first 12 months of operation the ATC Foundation has raised almost $200,000 for racing industry participants and registered charitable organisations.