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Flashback: Cranbourne Great Chase

The TAB Great Chase is Victorian greyhound racing’s number one community event, distributing almost $650,000 to the disability sector since 2003.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The TAB Great Chase community days will not be running as per normal this year. Instead, we will be revisiting some of our favourite memories from last year including when five community groups brought 35 members to the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club for a fun day out.

There may have been some strategy at play when the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) and the Alkira Centre from Box Hill were seated together last year, as their combined efforts saw them win first ($1000) and second ($500) prizes respectively.

Although admitting to not usually being a big racing fan, Ashleigh from CPEC said “the day out at the greyhounds has been really fun.”

The CPEC winnings went towards new equipment for clients, like bikes and scooters, for even more fun days out.

Sarah from Alkira, who also attended the 2018 Great Chase Grand Final at The Meadows, said at the time that their winnings would go towards some timely – and unexpected – maintenance on the group’s bus.

“The bus was graffitied last night so these winnings will go towards cleaning it up, something that we wouldn’t have been able to do without the $500 we won.”

Sarah also reinforced the growing popularity of the Great Chase, and why Alkira got more involved in 2019.

“We are coming to a few more Great Chase days this year. Last year we had heaps of fun and the money we won at Healesville and The Meadows really helped the clients out a lot.”

We’re sure Sarah, along with everyone that attended The TAB Great Chase community day in Cranbourne, will be looking forward to 2021 when we can invite people back on course for all the splendour that is The Great Chase.

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