Kurrajong and the community have shared some tremendous times at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club as the annual charity race day proved a highlight on Wagga’s social calendar.
“We can look back on 34 amazing race days as we announce they will no longer continue,” Kurrajong Chief Executive Officer Ray Carroll said.
“But at the same time, we are excited about what the future holds with the progression of Hildasid Farm where we can involve the community in a range of fund-raising activities.”
The celebrations are now centered on the event’s invaluable contribution to the disability service as an era ends and a new one dawns.
Millions of dollars have been raised through the race days, proving a key contributor in the development of Hildasid on Wagga’s southern outskirts and many other innovative projects benefitting people with a disability over the last three decades.
Hildasid has progressed significantly over the past three years to include a Kurrajong facility where people with a disability can enhance their creative skills and connect with nature in a magnificent sensory garden, using walking and riding trails, community gardens and a community green.
Kurrajong has other exciting initiatives underway or planned for Hildasid.
“Without the funds raised from the race days there would be no Hildasid Farm as we see it today,” Mr Carroll said.
“We are also incredibly appreciative to our generous sponsors, race day committee members and volunteers without whom the achievements of the race day would not have been possible”
“It’s just as important now as it ever has been for us to hold successful fundraising events so we are fortunate to be able to utilise Hildasid as a venue and to continue to engage with our sponsors and supporters.”
In receiving advice of Kurrajong’s decision Chairman of the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Geoff Harrison said, “The Murrumbidgee Turf Club has had a wonderful 34-year association with the Kurrajong Race Day and we are proud to have helped be part of such successful fundraising efforts. This result takes hard work, dedication and a large amount of planning to create a successful event and the efforts of Cathie Smith, Kurrajong’s Community Engagement Manager, the race day committee, volunteers and generous sponsors over the past 34 years has been outstanding. Whilst the MTC is disappointed that the Kurrajong Race Day won’t go ahead, we understand the Board and the race day committee’s decision and look forward to partnering with Kurrajong on fundraising efforts in the future.”