Racing Queensland, along with four corporate bookmakers, has managed to raise funds of $52,600 for the drought-stricken communities of Queensland, at an event organized this weekend. The fund would be donated to the Public Rural Crisis Fund managed by Quarter Century Wireless Association Inc. (QCWA).
The fund-raiser was named “1 For The Bush.” During this event held on Saturday and Sunday in Queensland, every time a runner wearing the No. 1 saddlecloth bagged the title for thoroughbred, harness or greyhound race, $1000 was donated. The No. 1 saddlecloth recorded ten wins, eight at thoroughbred, one in harness, and one in a greyhound race.
The other top three teams that bagged prizes at TAB Country Cups Challenge Final at Doomben on Saturday were- Deadly Choices ($5000), San Vincenzo ($3000), and French Hussler ($2000). They won a total award amount of $10,000, which RQ handed them over so that they could donate it to any rural charity that they wished to.
Bookmaking operators Tabcorp, Ladbrokes, Sportsbet, and BetEasy together decided to give an equal contribution as RQ; this led to a contribution of $5000 every time No. 1 saddlecloth won in a race. The total fund collected amounted to $52,600 when Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club contributed $1000, while Kilcoy Race Club and Kilcoy Diggers donated $800, respectively.
RQ Chairman Steve Wilson said, “The industry’s response to 1 for the Bush was particularly heartening.”