TOODYAY Race Club will help not-for-profit groups including the Toodyay Bushfire Brigade, Toodyay State Emergency Services, Toodyay Karate Club and Toodyay Cricket Club fundraise at their annual Toodyay Picnic Race Day on Saturday, September 23.
Toodyay Race Club secretary Geoff Appleby said the club had been running the annual Toodyay Picnic Race Day for 21 years and it is the only race day held in Toodyay each year.
“Because we are a stand-alone club, we need to generate sufficient funds to ensure that we are able to satisfy requirements each year, and the Community TAB program greatly assists us in achieving our goals.
“We have a standard team of community organisations which participate each year, and by spreading the sponsorship among the various groups, it provides far more exposure.
“The Community TAB funding is recognised as a positive incentive for the recipient groups and helps them survive and expand their activities.”
Groups fundraise through various ways on the day including selling hotdogs and providing labour such as emptying bins throughout the day and cleaning up on the following day.
The Community TAB program has been running since early 2015, and since then has seen over $360,000 raised for not-for-profit organisations around WA through partnerships with race clubs.
Community TAB partners with every race club in WA to raise funds for a local not-for-profit organisation matches dollar for dollar all funds raised at major race days up to $5000.
Racing and Wagering WA chairman Jeff Ovens said the positive effects of the program had been extensive for regional WA with 49 of WA race clubs based in regional communities.
“RWWA recognises race clubs across WA play an important role in their community contributing both economically and socially, and partnerships like these are an example of the strong connection race clubs have with the communities in which they operate,” he said.
“Community TAB is proud to play our own part in giving back to the community by partnering with our race clubs around WA.
“Our donations to these local Toodyay groups are a few of more than 50 community organisations that will be supported as part of Community TAB’s $150 million contribution to the WA community this year.”
Toodyay Race Club has successfully fundraised for various local groups the past two years as part of the program, with Community TAB doubling funds raised each year