Racegoers raise almost $10k for Act for Kids

1 July 2015





Frocks, florals and fascinators dominated the trackside as racegoers flocked to the Sunshine Coast Turf Club in celebration of Ladies’ Oaks Day held on Friday 29 May. The event proves to be a fabulous celebration of racing, entertainment food and fashion. It has cemented itself as one of the most coveted social events on the Sunshine Coast calendar and 2015 appears to be one of the best years yet.

Each year, Sunshine Coast Turf Club and Hot 91.1 select a charity to support. This year, Act for Kids was nominated as the charity of choice, with Sunshine Coast Turf Club donating a percentage of the gate takings on the day to Act for Kids. The event raised $9,335 through gate takings and volunteers from Budget Direct also hit the turf with shake-a-cans to raise a further $324.

The funds raised will enable Act for Kids to continue providing its free therapy and counselling services to local children and families in Gympie. The charity has been providing an Integrated Therapy Service since October 2014, thanks to ongoing financial support from Gympie property specialist, United Project Partners.

Act for Kids CEO, Dr Neil Carrington, said the race day is a new initiative for the charity thanks to the ongoing support of United Project Partners who helped introduce Act for Kids to Sunshine Coast Turf Club and Hot 91.1.

“The race day is a great opportunity for local families and friends to come together and have some fun while raising funds for children who have been abused and neglected. It’s an important community fundraising initiative that has the ability to make a huge difference in people’s lives.

“The funds raised will support our Integrated Therapy Service, helping families in Gympie and the Sunshine Coast region. We know there are kids and families in the immediate area who will benefit greatly from our therapy. Thanks to United Project Partners and the local community we can continue to give more people the chance to rebuild their lives and overcome their trauma,” Dr Carrington said.