This Sunday’s Sungold Milk Terang Cup is set to provide some welcome relief for the bushfire-affected local community, with 60 families and all Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers able to enjoy a day of free racing and entertainment.
Racing Victoria (RV), Country Racing Victoria (CRV), the Andrews Labor Government and the Terang & District Racing Club have come together to support the Bushfire Relief Raceday, which will offer racecourse admission, transport, children’s entertainment, live music and food and drinks at no cost to the CFA and SES workers and their families, plus the locals directly impacted by the recent fires.
The meeting will also act as a fundraiser for the local CFA and SES branches, while counsellors from the mental health teams at Let’s Talk will be on hand to offer support and advice to people affected by the fires.
The feature is the $50,000 Sungold Mile Terang Cup (2150m), with Linda Meech aiming for her fourth win in the race on the topweight Benzini.
“Terang Cup Day is always a special occasion, but this year’s edition will hold even more significance than usual for the Terang community,” said Jamie McGuinness, RV’s Executive General Manager – Infrastructure & Club Support.
“The bushfires had a devastating effect on the local region, and so Racing Victoria and CRV had no hesitation in offering our support to the people affected and the brave volunteers.
“We would like to thank the Government for their important contribution, and wish the Club the very best for what promises to be a great day of racing.”
Terang & District Racing Club President, Wayne Johnstone, believes the meeting will serve as a celebration of the region and, more importantly, its people.
“Cup day is a great opportunity for the locals to get together in a social setting, and have an enjoyable day at the races after the devastation of the fires,” he said.
“It’s a great initiative that has been supported by the Government and the racing industry.
“For generations, racing has been the social fabric of small rural communities, and for us to be able to play a small part is terrific.”
The eight race card gets underway at 12.50pm, with the Terang Cup set to start at 3.50pm.
CFA and SES members are asked to present their membership cards at the front gate to gain entry, while local families wishing to attend should contact the club on 0400 557 625.