By David Nagel
Cranbourne Turf Club (CTC) and Country Racing Victoria (CRV) are creating an initiative to thank essential workers and foster a sense of community among local clubs and organizations in recognition of the difficulty of recent years via Cranbourne Community Race Day.
The CTC is offering free entry for essential workers to Cranbourne Community Run Day on Friday March 11 as well as an opportunity for local clubs to come together and enjoy a night of racing and relaxed fun in their marquee community clubs.
“We’ve all had a tough few years, but life would have been much tougher without the support of our essential workers and local club relationships that are the very foundations of our community,” said Country Racing Victoria’s Darren Galley.
“With that in mind, CRV and CTC wanted to make a big push to bring the community together, especially after an opportunity was lost with the Tricodes washout last month.”
CTC CEO Neil Bainbridge said the evening would be a wonderful opportunity for the local community to come together to celebrate what is great in the area.
“There is no doubt that a sense of belonging is essential to our mental health and this initiative is designed to recognize all that is great about our slice of Melbourne, which is one of the most progressive, connected and culturally diverse of the state,” Bainbridge said. .
There will be a major prize worth $3,500 for brand activation at the club with the most people through the marquee of community clubs that are aligned with a particular club.
Additionally, representatives from Game Changer – a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention with services for local sports clubs and leagues – will be on hand to introduce the program to interested clubs.
All clubs must be registered with the Turf Club before qualifying for the Community Club Award.
Community Club Race Day will feature free admission for children and free supervised activities for children by Kelly Sports throughout the night, as well as live music on deck.
It kicks off the club’s fall nighttime racing season which will see a dozen Friday race meetings and quality grounds come together for bigger prizes than ever before.
The Star News Group is proud to support this community event.
You can find out if you qualify for free entry or buy tickets via cranbourneturfclub.com.au