Racegoers are being encouraged to celebrate safely and responsibly at this year’s Spring Racing Carnival by participating in the Wingman campaign launched at the Caulfield Guineas race meeting today.
Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said Wingman campaign was aimed at young people and urging them to have a great time at the races by looking after their mates, drinking responsibly and avoiding conflict.
Wingman staff will be asking young racegoers at next week’s Caulfield Cup and a number of other racedays during the Spring Carnival to take the Wingman pledge to keep their mates out of trouble.
Racegoers who get involved and take the Wingman pledge will also be in the running for one of five $150 taxi vouchers donated by 13CABS.
“The Spring Racing Carnival is a fantastic celebration of racing and all that Victoria has to offer in fashion, food and entertainment, but it is important that all racegoers and revellers act responsibly,” Dr Napthine said.
“A good Wingman would encourage their friends to celebrate safely and responsibly and make sure a great day out is not ruined by things getting out of control.
“I urge all young racegoers to take the Wingman pledge, get your photo taken in your most stylish race gear as part of the Wingman campaign, and look after your mates throughout the Spring Carnival,” Dr Napthine said.
Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) Chief Executive Officer, Alasdair Robertson said the Club was pleased to link up with the Wingman campaign.
“As the safety of our patrons is a paramount consideration for the MRC, we are delighted to partner with the Coalition Government in launching the Wingman initiative, a most worthwhile campaign,” Mr Robertson said.
Country Racing Victoria (CRV) CEO Scott Whiteman said CRV and in particular the Geelong, Bendigo and Pakenham Racing Clubs were also delighted to support the Wingman campaign.
“Country racing clubs have an important role to play in each of their local communities and we welcome this initiative to combat any irresponsible behaviour,” Mr Whiteman said.
“Country racing is all about having a great day out and therefore CRV is very serious with its strict compliance of responsible service of alcohol procedures to ensure patrons the best possible experience when visiting any of our racecourses.”
In taking The Wingman Pledge, racegoers will ‘pledge to be a good wingman and look after my friends by keeping them away from violence’.
Wingman staff will be on course to encourage racegoers to take the pledge at the following Spring Racing Carnival events:
- Caulfield Cup, Saturday 20 October
- Geelong Cup, Wednesday 24 October
- Bendigo Cup, Wednesday 31 October
- Pakenham Oaks, Thursday 7 November
- Sandown Stakes, Saturday 17 November
You can also take the Pledge on the campaign website www.championshipmoves.com.au or if you are a Wingman, follow the link to Facebook to check out your photo on the Wingman Honour Roll.