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February 22, 2021

The Australian Turf Club is inviting employees of the NSW hospitality industry to the closing night of its popular Canterbury Park Kia Night Racing series, this Friday 26 February, in recognition of the challenges many have faced over the past 12 months.

Take A Night Off With Purpose will raise funds through the Australian Turf Club Foundation for food relief charities and to assist those in the hospitality industry who have struggled with a downturn in trade.

The Australian Turf Club’s award-winning kitchens and hospitality teams will prepare specially curated three-course meals in the Sky High Room overlooking the panoramic Canterbury Park Racecourse.

Executive Chef Gerry Maher said the night recognised the difficult 12 months many businesses had faced during COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions especially in the food service and Hospitality industry sector.

“The Australian Turf Club and the racing industry have been fortunate to have been able to operate throughout COVID-19 and Sydney racing was one of the first sports anywhere in Australia to be able to welcome customers back in a COVID-Safe environment,” Mr Maher said.

“This night puts something back towards the hospitality industry while at the same time showcases our award-winning food and service to industry employees who we are encouraging to take a night off and enjoy a night of food markets and racing.

“We are especially excited to be raising funds on the night with the ATC foundation for those in our industry and broader communities who are struggling with food relief.”

A recent Foodbank Hunger Report found twice as many people needed food relief assistance from local charities at least once per week, and had seen demand increase by an average of 47 per cent since the beginning of the pandemic.

Full details of table and dining packages, race naming rights, general admission entry and how to donate to Take A Night Off With Purpose are available here.

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