Charlton is gearing up to host its biggest ever Pacing Cup this weekend, thanks to a joint funding package supported by the Andrews Labor Government.
The Labor Government is providing more than $11,000 towards the Charlton Pacing Cup this Sunday, 25 February, which will help raise funds for cancer research.
Charlton Harness Racing Club is contributing more than $7,000 to the event, while Harness Racing Victoria is providing $6500. Local businesses are also contributing more than $2,000 in goods and services to support the event.
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.
The family-friendly race day will also have pony trots and a jumping castle to keep children entertained. 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.
Since 2014, the Labor Government has contributed more than $487,000 to support four infrastructure projects and one harness racing event at Charlton Park.
The 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.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula
“The Andrews Labor 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.”
“This event is a great opportunity for people to enjoy country racing, local produce and raise funds for cancer research.”
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“The Charlton Packing Cup is a fantastic event for the community to come together and enjoy some of the best of country racing.”
Quotes attributable to Charlton Harness Racing Club President Joe Thompson
“We would like to thank the Victorian Government for its generous support for the Charlton Pacing Cup.”
“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.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020