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Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Charlton Sets The Pace Raising Money For Cancer Research

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Charlton is gearing up to host its biggest ever Pacing Cup this weekend, thanks to a joint funding package supported by the Andrews Government.

“Andrews Government is proud to support harness racing clubs across Victoria because they create local jobs, help support local businesses and provide economic benefits to the state.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“This event is a great opportunity for people to enjoy country racing, local produce and raise funds for cancer research.”

Andrews Government is providing more than $11,000 towards the Charlton Pacing Cup this Sunday, 25 February, which will help raise funds for cancer research.


Financial Contributions

  • $7,000 to the event by Charlton Harness Racing Club,
  • $6,500 to the event by Harness Racing Victoria,
  • $2,000 to the event by Local businesses in goods and services.

Racegoers will have the chance to support a good cause at the ‘Bubbles in the Bush’ charity event which will raise funds for ovarian cancer research. The home-grown theme will feature a range of local produce stalls, as well as champagne and wine tasting.

“Charlton Packing Cup is a fantastic event for the community to come together and enjoy some of the best of country racing.” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.

Family-friendly race day will also have pony trots and a jumping castle to keep children entertained.


HERO Program (Harness Education and Re-homing Opportunities)

Horses from the HERO program, Harness Education and Re-homing Opportunities will be on course for patrons to interact with, showcasing the industry’s commitment to animal welfare initiatives.

“We would like to thank the Victorian Government for its generous support for the Charlton Pacing Cup.”Charlton Harness Racing Club President Joe Thompson said.

“This is our key race day of the year, and we look forward to welcoming families from around the region for a fantastic day of harness racing.”

Since 2014, the State Government has contributed more than $487,000 to support 4 infrastructure projects and 1 harness racing event at Charlton Park.

Racing industry in the Mallee region generates more than $58 Million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain more than 570 full-time equivalent jobs.


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