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$200,000 IN NEW GRANTS

March 3, 2022

The Australian Turf Club Foundation will expedite $50,000 in funding for racing industry participants and race clubs affected by the ongoing flood emergency in NSW as part new community grants announced today.

The $50,000 will be on top of a further $150,000 to be dispersed to equine and charitable organisations across NSW under a fifth round of grants from the ATC Foundation.

The ATC Foundation will work closely with the NSW racing industry in some of the worst affected regions to identify practical ways the donations can be used.

In previous years the ATC Foundation has provided emergency deliveries of hay bales, fencing and race club infrastructure during flood and bushfire disasters.

ATC Chairman Matthew McGrath has reached out to Northern NSW race clubs to offer the assistance of ATC and ATC Foundation, to work together in providing financial assistance and support for affected infrastructure.

As part of a total of $200,000 in the latest donations, 14 other organisations who made applications to the ATC Foundation will receive sums of $5000 to $21,000 from funds raised within the racing industry and Australian Turf Club customers on Sydney racecourses.

Amongst this total was a donation by Mr Boniface Ho, the owner of TAB Everest runner Classique Legend, who gave a percentage of prizemoney earned in the world’s richest race on turf last October.

Along with this donation, contributions from Australian Turf Club Members and the sale of merchandise and racing memorabilia such as saddle cloths also helped to raise funds.

Funds raised on course through the sale of official pins during the forthcoming Sydney Autumn Racing carnival will also be used for flood relief.

Since the ATC Foundation was started in 2018, more than $700,000 has already been raised and distributed to racing and community groups around Sydney racecourses as well as towns across NSW.

ATC Foundation Chair Trish Egan said one of the priorities of the ATC Foundation was to distribute funds as quickly as possible.

“The ATC Foundation is very proud of its record in getting these funds immediately to so many groups in need,’’ Ms Egan said.

“We will work quickly to get practical help and much needed funds to communities and the racing industry in northern NSW who have been devastated by this flooding.

“We again thank Mr Boniface Ho who has been incredibly generous over the past two years in donating five per cent of all prizemoney won by Classique Legend in consecutive runnings of the TAB Everest.

“ATC Members and our customers have also been very quick to help when it has been most needed.’’

Click here for full details of the ATC Foundation and how to apply for funding.

The 14 organisations and amounts to be sent under the latest round of approved applications are:

Organisation /
Community Group


What they do

Riding for the Disabled Association (NSW)$15,000Build roof for riding arena in Ballina
Little Wings$10,000Flying medical specialists and their team out to regional and remote NSW to deliver medical clinics; reducing the need for seriously ill children to travel.
Heartbeat of Football$10,000Funding for testing days within the Canterbury Soccer District which is the area around the Canterbury Racecourse.
Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia$10,000Provide regular Livewire workshops to hospitalised young people receiving treatment for a range of serious and chronic illnesses, mental health conditions and eating disorders at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)$10,000Build kitchenette to establish a food science and cooking program for autistic students attending Aspect South East Sydney School satellite site in Belfield.
Turbans 4 Australia Inc$10,000Purchase of volunteer and goods transport Utility Vehicle to pick up volunteers who come and donate time to help others.
Solve-TAD Limited$15,000Provide custom equipment that is safe and fit-for-purpose so young people with a disability can comfortably continue their education, both physical and cognitive, in a comfortable and supportive environment.
The Northcott Society$10,00010 young adults with a disability attend The Mind Matters program at Northcott’s Vocational and Everyday Life Skills centre in Casula.
Milk Crate Theatre$10,000Undertake the final development of theatre production Dust Storm; new Australian Theatre work by people with lived experience of homelessness. This will present in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company in September 2022.
Rainbow Club Australia$10,000Train to Teach Swimming Program for children with a disability across all geographic areas
Learning Links$21,200Working with one primary school in each ATC local area to deliver mental health and wellbeing program equating to 128 children in total supported.
Cancer Patients Foundation$8,800250 x Women men and teens, participate in free practical workshops which cover skincare, make-up, headwear and physical activities, leaving them empowered and ready to face their diagnosis with confidence.
The Big Three Trek, McGrath Foundation$5,000Supporting Murray’s Walk to raise funds for breast cancer nurses
Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast$5,000Local group in Bega devoted to helping the poor, the homeless and the disadvantaged.

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