Tessa Townsend on Marlahn (red and yellow) pulls in front to win the Heritage Nanango benchmark 55 handicap 1600m race at the 2019 Nanango Spring Races.
Tessa Townsend on Marlahn (red and yellow) pulls in front to win the Heritage Nanango benchmark 55 handicap 1600m race at the 2019 Nanango Spring Races.

How a day at the track will help farmers battling drought

BY HEADING to the Nanango or Kilcoy racetrack this weekend, you will be showing your support for farmers doing it tough.

Queensland Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe launched a 1 for the Bush fundraising campaign to be held at racetracks across the state this Saturday and Sunday.

Under the 1 for the Bush initiative, Racing Queensland will donate $1000 every time the number one runner is victorious across the state’s three racing codes.

These funds will be then directed to the Queensland Country Women’s Association’s Public Rural Crisis Fund.

More than 120 races are scheduled to be held across the weekend in Queensland, including 68 TAB and non-TAB thoroughbred races, 34 greyhound races and 21 harness races.

Mr Hinchliffe said the devastating effects of drought continued to affect communities across Queensland.

“In many of these regional, rural and remote communities, racing plays an important role in their social fabric,” he said.

“As part of the fundraising campaign, we will be generating much-needed proceeds for the QCWA’s Public Rural Crisis Fund, which continues to play a critical role supporting communities and families in need.”

The top-three place getters from the TAB Country Cups Challenge Final which will be staged at Doomben, will also be awarded $5000, $3000 and $2000 respectively, to donate to a rural charity of their choice.

RQ Chair Steve Wilson said racing had the power to unite communities and bring hope, but as lingering drought conditions affected most of the state, help was needed.

“I’d encourage as any people as possible, including betting operators, to follow Racing Queensland’s lead and support this important initiative,” Mr Wilson said.

“As an industry, we all have a role to play.”

Kilcoy’s Christmas Cup will start at 11am on Saturday, November 30, and will feature six gallop races, three harness races and three mini trots.

There will also be fashions on the field competitions, pick the card competition, a member’s draw and raffles.

Nanango’s Christmas Meeting will be held on Sunday, December 1 from noon, carrying a fashions theme of It’s All About Christmas.

Other participating race meetings on Saturday include races at the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Barcaldine, Innisfail, Goondiwindi, Thangool and Mount Isa tracks.

On Sunday, race meetings will also be held on the Sunshine Coast, and at Brisbane, Redcliffe and Capalaba.

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