Wednesday 16th October 2019
Wintringham Patrick Walsh
Wintringham Gilgunya Hostel
Wintringham Eunice Seddon
Wintringham Ron Conn
More than 250 very excited people from all over Melbourne headed to the final Great Chase Community Day at The Meadows GRA on Wednesday, for another great day of racing and live music.
Among the big crowd were two of the most recent winners of the Great Chase Grand Final, 2018’s Broadmeadows Disability Service and 2017’s Nextt.
Nextt is disability service in based Melton, which predominantly runs programs for those with autism. Carmel from Nextt explained that they look forward to the Great Chase every year.
The group started attending the Great Chase three years ago and were lucky enough to take out the first prize of $10,000 at their 2007 Grand Final appearance. Carmel explained that the prizemoney was a complete shock to everyone but very helpful for purchasing items that they would have had to budget for.
“The guys all thought it was wonderful as we were able to purchase a range of items including iPads, electrical appliances for our cooking program and three-wheeler bikes for them to use straight away.” Carmel said.
Broadmeadows Disability Services have been coming to the Great Chase for the past 6 years and were ecstatic when they won the $10,000 Grand Final prize in 2018.
Phil from Broadmeadows Disability Service said “Last year was amazing, we were so happy that we were able to meet the dogs and get our photo taken. The money helped pay for a range of things including sensory items which is a great need for some of our clients.”
There were many winners across the day with Wintringham Patrick Walsh, Scope Heidelberg and Vasey Venue all leaving with $500 each.
The Grand Final of the Great Chase will be held at The Meadows Greyhound Racing Association on Wednesday 23 October.
More than $600,000 donated to Victoria’s disability sector through @GRV_News Great Chase initiative. If this short video doesn’t provide an insight of how much these initiatives mean to the community then nothing will. @TheMeadowsDogs pic.twitter.com/ybmBUnUVPi— Ashley Baker (@ashleybaker79) October 16, 2019
Compiled by Lauren Marie and Phil Weir.
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