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April 18, 2023

The Australian Turf Club Foundation will distribute a series of grants to racing and community-based charities totaling more than $150,000 – the sixth round of assistance since the ATC Foundation’s inception.

The grants will be in addition to donations of funding and vital equipment made by the Australian Turf Club to race clubs in Northern NSW, including flood-affected Lismore and surrounding regions.

Thirteen registered charities will share in donations ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to aid causes and projects as approved by the ATC Foundation Board.

Donations have been raised via on-course fundraising activities such as the sale of official Carnival pins along with saddlecloth auctions from a number of Group 1 Australian Turf Club races.

ATC Foundation Chair Angela Belle McSweeney said the grants were an important part of NSW’s principal racing club’s efforts to embrace the entire state through the generosity of raceday customers, ATC Members and the thoroughbred industry.

“We are delighted to continue the work of the ATC Foundation in reaching many parts of NSW, and charities and organisations who share common values of the Australian Turf Club,’’ Ms McSweeney said.

“Since 2018, the ATC Foundation has helped to raise and distribute more than $1 million to assist registered charitable organisations and our industry partners.

“We thank our customers and the racing industry for its help in raising these funds for so many good causes.’’

The full list of recipients and their causes are listed below.

Charity NameAmountSummary
Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney$15,000Room Sponsorship providing a home-away-from-home to one family for 125 nights.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney$15,000Total Refurbishment of Room 25 (Isolation Family Unit), which accommodates families whose children require isolation from communal living as part of their cancer treatment protocols.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance$12,000Supporting the operations of the Early Diagnosis Clinic for Cerebral Palsy in Randwick
HORSEABOUT Production Pty Ltd$10,000Funding to support the completion & release of ‘Darby – In a Lifetime’ cinema / streaming feature in Oct 2023
Orange Sky$5,000Transportation costs for vans that provide laundry and shower services for people experiencing homelessness.
The Deli Women and Children’s Centre$20,000Providing domestic violence counselling and casework for women who have been impacted by gambling related violence in Randwick region.
National Jockeys Trust$10,000Funding towards Welfare Officer who will provide jockeys and their families with financial, medical or pastoral support.
Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy Inc. (ARCC)$10,000Travel costs to ensure the Senior Chaplains can support racing employees and volunteers at our racecourses.
Morris Children’s Fund Inc$10,000Deliver Music Therapy to seven schools in ATC geographic locations for students with severe physical and multiple disabilities, an illness or special needs.
Cancer Patients Foundation$10,000Provide access for 100 people to attend the Look Good Feel Better program during their cancer treatment in the Randwick and Liverpool area.
Richmond Riding for Disabled$12,000Installation of a new sprinkler system in the riding arena including sprinklers, pumps and rainwater pipes.
Lifeline Direct Limited$17,500Lifeline Eastern Suburbs will train five people to become volunteer Crisis Supporters and support the increasing demand on Lifeline services, working from our Bondi location.
McGrath Foundation$5,000Supporting Murray’s Walk to raise funds for breast cancer nurses


Full details of the ATC Foundation and how to apply for funding can be found here at



Brett de Vine

0419 613 455

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