Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
Supporting The Marong Cup
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government today announced it will contribute more than $15,500 towards the historic Marong Cup this Saturday 18 February.
“Andrews Government is pleased to support the Marong Cup because it provides great entertainment for the family and supports local schools.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.
“Marong Cup is a great example of the important role that racing plays in regional Victoria to bring the community together.”
Funding is being provided through Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program, and the Bendigo Jockey Club and the local community are jointly contributing more than $20,000.
“We’re proud to support the Marong Cup, which brings people to Bendigo, creates jobs and provides a wonderful day out for all the family.” Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said.
Trackside entertainment will include a special activity zone for children, including jumping castles, slides, bungee runs, bucking bulls and laser tag.
Marong Cup is part of Country Racing Victoria’s Relax at the Country Races Campaign, which covers 42 weekend and feature race meetings across regional Victoria from 5 February to 1 April 2017.
Marong Cup traces its origins back to the Marong Racing Club, which was formed in the 1860’s and became a traditional St. Patrick’s Day club to help raise funds for the local Catholic community.
“We are grateful for the ongoing support from the Victorian Government, which will ensure we are able to stage another highly successful fundraising Marong Cup meeting.” Bendigo Jockey Club CEO Aaron Hearps said.
“This a great day for everyone, especially the youngsters, and we are pleased that we again have so many volunteers from local Catholic primary schools assisting with the running of the meeting.”
Bendigo Jockey Club has maintained that tradition by continuing to run the annual Marong Cup meeting at Bendigo since 2010.
50% of ticket sales from this year’s meeting will go to the Sandhurst Catholic Diocese for distribution to local Catholic primary schools and initiatives that benefit the wider community. Last year, the event raised $48,000 which was distributed to 8 schools.
Racing industry in the Loddon region generates more than $166 Million in economic benefits and helps to sustain more than 1,640 full-time equivalent local jobs.