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Greyhound Racing Victoria commemorates Anzac Day

GREYHOUND Racing Victoria and its clubs will again show their support for the RSL and its local branches as Anzac Day fast approaches.

For the second year in a row, GRV will donate $10,000 to the RSL’s Anzac Day Appeal while all clubs will make a $1,000 donation to their local branch.

Select clubs, including The Meadows, Warragul, Geelong, Traralgon, Sale, Cranbourne, Horsham and Ballarat will also host a function for RSL members to honour the anniversary.

Last year, GRV hosted the Red Dog Run campaign which raised $12,000 for the Anzac Day Appeal.

In addition to its financial contribution, GRV has also invited RSL volunteers to race meetings during the week of Anzac Day to sell badges and raise further funds.

GRV and its clubs have also encouraged the RSL to use club facilities for meetings and other functions.

GRV endeavours to continue its relationship with the RSL, and supports their role in assisting current and former service men and women, as well as their dependants.

See below for a list of dates that clubs will host their local RSL members. Clubs which are not listed may not have a scheduled event, or details are still to be confirmed.

The Meadows Greyhound Racing Club donates to RSL Glenroy

On 19 April, as part of Greyhound Racing Victoria’s commemoration of the 2017 ANZAC Day and its support for RSL, The Meadows Greyhound Racing Club donated $1,000 to RSL Glenroy.

Representing the RSL Glenroy branch were Bert Lawes, former President and committee member, and Tom Clayton, President Vietnam Veteran’s Association of Australia and President RSL Glenroy.
The Meadows were represented by Terry Davis, Vice Chairman of the Board; Len Kerelaar and Brian Parkinson, Board Members; and Marg Long, The Meadows Club Manager.

 

Vietnam Veteran’s Association of Australia – North West Sub-Branch President Tom Clayton, The Meadows (MGRA) Vice-Chairman Terry Davis and RSL Glenroy Former President Bert Lawes.

 

“GRV supports RSL in its worthwhile mission of looking after former and current service men and women and their dependents”, said Terry Davis. “We also support RSL’s ANZAC Day Appeal and we encourage our industry participants to be generous”.

GRV Racing Clubs will make a similar donation to their local RSL Club, invite RSL members to use GRV Club facilities for their ANZAC meetings and to GRV Race Days, when free refreshments will be provided.

“Beyond the ANZAC Day Appeal, GRV is keen to explore how we can work with RSL”, said Terry Davis.

Geelong Greyhound Racing Club donates to RSL Geelong

On 21 April, as part of Greyhound Racing Victoria’s commemoration of the 2017 RSL ANZAC Day Appeal and its support for RSL, the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club donated $1,000 to Geelong RSL.

Representing Geelong RSL was Senior Vice President Glenn Agnew and his wife Denise. The presentation was made by Geelong Greyhound Racing Club Chairman Mark Pearson.

 

Geelong Greyhound Racing Club Chairman, Mark Pearson, presenting a $1,000 donation to Geelong RSL Senior Vice President, Glenn Agnew and his wife Denise, with Handler Brendan Pursell looking on. Race 8 winner was Scooby Who, trained by R Britton.

Geelong Greyhound Racing Club Chairman, Mark Pearson, presenting a $1,000 donation to Geelong RSL Senior Vice President, Glenn Agnew and his wife Denise, with Handler Brendan Pursell looking on. Race 8 winner was Scooby Who, trained by R Britton.

 

GRV supports RSL in its worthwhile mission of looking after former and current servicemen and women and their dependents. GRV also support RSL’s ANZAC Day Appeal and encourages its industry participants to be generous to RSL.

Other GRV Racing Clubs across Victoria have made a similar donation to their local RSL Club. They have offered the use of GRV Club facilities for ANZAC meetings and have invited RSL members to GRV race days, with free refreshments made available.

Sale Greyhound Racing Club donates to RSL

On 23 April, as part of Greyhound Racing Victoria’s commemoration of the 2017 RSL ANZAC Day Appeal and its support for the RSL, the Sale Greyhound Racing Club donated $1,000 to the local RSL branch.

Geoff Newby, the President, accepted the donation on behalf of the RSL Sale Branch.

John Waugh, Sale Greyhound Racing Club President, and Club Manager, Des Dooley, made the presentation.

The commemoration was attended by the Hon. Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in the Australian Government and MP for Gippsland.

GRV expressed support for the RSL in its worthwhile mission of looking after former and current service men and women, and their dependents. GRV also supports the RSL’s ANZAC Day Appeal and urges its industry participants to show generosity.

 

(L to R) Geoff Newby, RSL Sale President; John Waugh, Sale Greyhound Racing Club President, and Darren Chester, MP for Gippsland.

(L to R) Geoff Newby, RSL Sale President; John Waugh, Sale Greyhound Racing Club President, and Darren Chester, MP for Gippsland.

 

In addition to the donation, Greyhound Racing Victoria Clubs invited RSL volunteers to sell the traditional ANZAC Badge at GRV venues. RSL members were invited to use club facilities for their ANZAC meetings, attend GRV race meetings and enjoy free refreshments.

GRV Clubs are committed to working with local community-based organisations, such as the RSL, to support health and community projects.

Warragul Greyhound Racing Club donates to RSL

On 25 April, as part of Greyhound Racing Victoria’s commemoration of the 2017 RSL ANZAC Day Appeal and its support for the RSL, the Warragul Greyhound Racing Club donated $1,000 to the local RSL Branch.

Noel Tucker, Warragul RSL Branch President, recited The Ode.

Ms Julie Reilly, of the Warragul Municipal Band, played the Last Post.

 

(L to R ): Warragul RSL Branch President, Noel Tucker, Julie Reilly from the Warragul Municipal Band, and GRC President, Phil Pryor.

(L to R ): Warragul RSL Branch President, Noel Tucker, Julie Reilly from the Warragul Municipal Band, and GRC President, Phil Pryor.

 

Warragul Greyhound Racing Club President, Phil Pryor, made the presentation, with Adrian Scott, GRC Club Manager, looking on.

Phil Pryor expressed support for RSL in its worthwhile mission of looking after former and current service men and women, and their dependents. GRV also supports the RSL’s ANZAC Day Appeal and urged its industry participants to show generosity.

“Beyond the ANZAC Day Appeal, GRV is keen to explore how the organisation can work with the RSL”, Phil said.

Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club donates to RSL

On 26 April, as part of Greyhound Racing Victoria’s commemoration of the 2017 RSL ANZAC Day Appeal and its support for the RSL, the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club donated $1,000 to the local RSL Branch.

Bill Shepherd, Senior Vice President, and several Committee Members represented Cranbourne RSL. John Wells, RSL Cranbourne President, sent his apologies.

Representing Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club were Board Members, Greg Carter, President; Nick Barnett, Senior Vice President/Treasurer; Barry Toner, Junior Vice President, Noel Boyd, Carl Haas and Ross Farmer, Board Members, and Amanda Cameron, Club Manager.

 

Ms Amanda Cameron, Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club Manager, presents a donation to Bill Shepherd, Cranbourne RSL Senior Vice President, while RSL Committee Members (left) and Greg Carter, Cranbourne Greyhound Club President,  (Right) look on.

Ms Amanda Cameron, Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club Manager, presents a donation to Bill Shepherd, Cranbourne RSL Senior Vice President, while RSL Committee Members (left) and Greg Carter, Cranbourne Greyhound Club President, (Right) look on.

 

GRV supports the RSL in its most worthwhile mission of looking after former and current service men and women and their dependents. GRV also support the RSL’s ANZAC Day Appeal and urges industry participants to be generous.

GRV Racing Clubs have made a similar donation to their local RSL Clubs. They had invited RSL members to use GRV Club facilities for ANZAC meetings and to GRV Race Days, when free refreshments were made available.

GRV Clubs are committed to working with local community-based organisations to support health and community projects, as well as supporting local sports clubs.

Horsham Greyhound Racing Club donates to RSL

On 26 April, as part of Greyhound Racing Victoria’s commemoration of the 2017 RSL ANZAC Day Appeal and its support for the RSL, the Horsham Greyhound Racing Club donated $1,000 to the RSL Warracknabeal – an area with a large trainer-base.

Representing the RSL Warracknabeal Sub-Branch was President Jake Arnold. Horsham Greyhound Racing Club President, Ian Bibby, and Club Manager, Justin Brilliant, made the presentation.

Both expressed their support for the RSL in its worthwhile mission of looking after former and current service men and women, and their dependents. GRV also supports the RSL’s ANZAC Day Appeal and urges its industry participants to show generosity.

 

(L to R): Horsham Greyhound Racing Club Manager, Justin Brilliant, Club President Ian Bibby, and RSL Warracknabeal Sub-Branch President, Jake Arnold.

(L to R): Horsham Greyhound Racing Club Manager, Justin Brilliant, Club President Ian Bibby, and RSL Warracknabeal Sub-Branch President, Jake Arnold.

 

For instance, the Horsham Greyhound Racing Club is already looking at fundraising opportunities for the Warracknabeal branch for the restoration of a captured German canon from Villiers-Bretonneau in preparation of the 100-year anniversary in 2018 of the battle on the Western Front.”, Justin Brillant said.

The Horsham Greyhound Racing Club is currently undergoing significant renovation.

The club is due to reopen for trials in early June 2017, with racing to commence shortly after, resuming its role as the major greyhound racing centre in the Wimmera and North Western districts.

Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club donates to RSL

Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club yesterday donated $1,000 to the local RSL Sub Branch. This was part of Greyhound Racing Victoria’s commemoration of the 2017 ANZAC Day Appeal and part of its support for the RSL.

Mrs Alex Tascas, President, accepted the donation on behalf of The Ballarat Sub Branch RSL. The RSL was also represented by Alan Douglas, Senior Vice President; Maurie Keating, Sub-Branch Secretary; Lyn Redmond, Welfare Officer; Christine Morgan, Administrative Secretary; Suzanne Jordan, Appeals Officer; and Dean Ditchfield, Memorabilia Officer.

Alf King, President Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club, and Craig Armstead, Club Manager, presented the cheque to the RSL.

 

Alf King, President Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club, and Mrs Alex Tascas, President Ballarat Sub Branch RSL.

Alf King, President Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club, and Mrs Alex Tascas, President Ballarat Sub Branch RSL.

 

GRV supports the important role played by the RSL in its worthwhile mission of looking after the well-being of former servicemen and women and their dependents. GRV also supports the RSL’s ANZAC Day fundraising efforts and urges industry participants to show generosity.

At a state level, in 2017, GRV is donating $10,000 to RSL Victoria. In addition, GRV clubs have donated $1,000 to their respective local RSL Sub Branch.

GRV Clubs offered their facilities to RSL members for their ANZAC week meetings and RSL volunteers were invited to GRV race days to sell the ANZAC Badge.

GRV Clubs are committed to developing strong connections with community-based organisations such as the RSL and to supporting local community projects in health and sports.

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