The 2019 TAB Australian Cup Carnival at The Meadows - a three-week extravaganza which ended last weekend with an action-packed night of racing and entertainment – was another hugely successful event perfectly showcasing the popularity of greyhound racing. Yet among the cheers of the thousands of fans who visited The Meadows across the Carnival, eight local charity groups assembled trackside for good reason, anxious to see who would claim victory in the Australian Cup final.
The race had drawn together a quality field of eight greyhounds vying for Group 1 success, but the race also held special meaning for the charity groups who all stood to take home a donation, thanks to The Meadows Greyhounds Community Grants Fund.
Each charity was paired with a greyhound in the race, with the winning dog set to secure a $10,000 donation for their charity. Brite Services were the lucky group paired with race winner Dyna Patty – a Broadmeadows-based group which provides sustainable services that create opportunity and support for people living with a disability or who are vocationally disadvantaged.
Meadows Chairman Eddie Caruana was proud to present the cheque to the winning charity group – along with $2000 prizes for the remaining seven organisations.
“We as a Club are lucky to be located within such a fantastic community and my fellow Directors and I are grateful to be able to give back in a small way. Each year our Club offers $50,000 in local community funding through our Meadows Greyhounds Community Grants Fund and tonight’s promotion is yet another extension of our community outreach programs.
All eight charities provide important support and services within our community and The Meadows hopes Saturday’s donations assist them in reaching their individual targets.”
The Meadows Community Grants Fund winners during Australian Cup Carnival
Brite Services $10,000
Look Good Feel Better $2000
Hume Men’s Shed $2000
Broadmeadows Disability Services $2000
Women’s Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Institute $2000
Wintringham Community Services $2000
Riding For The Disabled Oaklands $2000
Carinya Society Day Services $2000
Brite Services claim the $10,000 cheque after Dyna Patty’s stirring Australian Cup win.
Above: Those associated with the eight community groups collect their cheques on Australian
Cup night in front of the member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire (second from right).