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August 23, 2016

The Australian Turf Club has awarded an inaugural Community Grant as part of its charity support for organisations based around the Club’s four racecourses.

Parramatta Mission – which works in local communities around Rosehill Gardens racecourse – has received a $2,500 donation under the ATC’s new Community Engagement Program.

As well as providing for hundreds of free hot meals at Parramatta Mission, the Community Grant will assist a range of other services, including accommodation, and mental health assistance from on-site case workers.

The ATC’s Community Engagement Program partners with local community and charities, as well as the racing industry.

The program’s main objectives are to:

  • Support local communities around Rosehill Gardens, Royal Randwick, Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm racecourses;
  • Engage ATC employees in volunteer work;
  • Build the ATC’s value to the local area as well as obtain Members support for communities;
  • Be ethical and responsible in all initiatives.

Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager of Human Resources Jennifer Schembri said more organisations across Sydney will continue to benefit as the program rolls out.

“This is a new initiative of the ATC and we are grateful to be able to help charitable organisations across all sections of the community,’’ Ms Schembri said.

Parramatta Mission Director of Development Michael Mendieta said: “We very much welcome the support – both in volunteers and financial aid – the ATC have provided.

“Meals Plus is a great initiative in feeding the hungry, and we couldn’t do this important work without, first, the generosity from our community, as demonstrated by ATC.”

Further details of the Australian Turf Club’s support for charity and the local community can be found at




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