The Melbourne Greyhound Racing Association yesterday honoured its commitment to support Victoria’s bushfire relief efforts with the presentation of a $10,000 donation to the Broadmeadows SES.
In presenting the cheque to Broadmeadows SES Deputy Controller of Operations Shane Lapworth on Tuesday at The Meadows, MGRA Director Terry Davis noted the incredible contribution they made throughout the bushfire crisis, particularly out amongst the Gippsland fires.
year has been one of unimaginable devastation and disruption to all Victorians,” Mr Davis said.
“When we made the decision to support those affected by the bushfire crisis, we could not have foreseen the sacrifices forced upon all Victorians to combat the Covid-19 virus.
“But once again we have seen the greyhound racing community demonstrate remarkable resilience, banding together to support those in need and ensure the racing industry was able to continue to operate throughout the pandemic.”
Deputy Controller of Operations Shane Lapworth noted how important community donations such as this are to the Unit’s ongoing operations.
“We are very grateful for the generous donation of $10,000 for our Broadmeadows Unit. This money will help us to purchase a more advanced response vehicle.”
The Broadmeadows SES is a General Rescue Unit which predominantly responds to requests for help relating to severe weather events, but also supports and assists other emergency agencies where required.
The $10,000 donation comes off the back of the announcement from Greyhound Racing Victoria to contribute $250 for every ‘red dog’ that won in Victoria throughout February. $100,000 was raised for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Mr Davis said the MGRA was fortunate to have the support of participants and greyhound racing fans from all around Australia.
“Our Club is proud to show our appreciation to the amazing organisations that go above and beyond to support both our local and broader Victorian communities with this donation,” he said.