Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) will donate $81,000 to support communities devastated by the recent bushfire crisis, after a month of fundraising activities across its racecourses and clubs.
Fulfilling the pledge made in January, the Club donated the proceeds from gate admissions from the race meetings at Ladbrokes Mornington Race Day (Friday 24 January) and Australia Day Weekend Races at Caulfield (Saturday 25 January), as well as donations made on the day and funds raised in two separate silent auctions, to the Bendigo Bank Community Fund, equating to over $27,000.
Each of the Club’s twelve venues chipped in and Club partners Quayclean and Millennium Security added to the funds with significant donations of their own.
All donations made to the Club’s charitable arm, the MRC Foundation (both online and on the race days) and at Pegasus Leisure Venues across Victoria during January were also directly forwarded to the Bendigo Bank Community Fund as part of the Club’s wider efforts.
MRC and the MRC Foundation further contributed to round out the sizeable sum.
Peter Le Grand, Melbourne Racing Club Chairman said the Club is proud of the way racegoers and the community have responded to the bushfires in Victoria and across Australia by coming together to participate in the initiatives across the racecourses and venues and support those in need.
“The initiatives and activities the Club put in place received great involvement from our members and patrons whereby the contributions that were made amassed an impressive donation.”
“The Australia Day weekend races proved a fantastic opportunity for the racing industry to come together and show their support for the victims and volunteers who bravely fought and continue to fight the fires.”
“We hope the various measures and fundraising activities that we held over the last month play a small but important role in assisting the stricken communities get back on their feet,” said Mr. Le Grand.