When eight dogs line up in the boxes at this Saturday’s Australian Cup final, it won’t just be the trainers, owners and punters full of nerves.
Thanks to The Meadows Greyhounds Community Grants Fund, each dog in the final will be paired up with a local charity with the winner set to receive a $10,000 donation.
The charities not associated with the winning dog will hardly go home empty handed though, with The Meadows to donate $2000 to each of the seven remaining charities.
The Meadows Chairman Eddie Caruana said he was thrilled to give back to community organisations on such a big night.
“TAB Australian Cup night is our biggest event of the year and it’s so wonderful to use the occasion to give back to so many community groups,” Mr Caruana said.
“As a club, we pride ourselves on being a key part of the wider Broadmeadows community and to help those in need within that community.
The Meadows Greyhounds Community Grants Fund was created in 2017 to extend financial support to non-profit organisations that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, sport, recreation and community enhancement in the City of Hume.
The eight charities paired with dogs are:
|Dyna Patty||Brite Services||Provides training and employment services to people with a disability.|
|My Redeemer||Look Good Feel Better||Helps people undergoing cancer treatment to deal with the physical effects of the treatment and build confidence.|
|Dyna Oscar||Hume Men’s Shed||Offers a friendly community space for men to come and work together benefitting the community.|
|Bago Bye Bye||Broadmeadows Disability Services||Community based organisation providing support to people with disabilities.|
|Deliver||Women’s Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Institute||Raises awareness of and organises fundraising for research into ovarian cancer.|
|She’s Gifted||Wintringham Community Services||Helps elderly people within the community to live independently and with dignity.|
|Black Opium||Riding for the Disabled Oaklands||Provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, therapeutic horse-related activities.|
|Miss Splendamiro||Carinya Society Day Services||Provides adult training and support services to advance the independence, dignity and human rights of people with disabilities.|