Bushfire relief campaign extended

A GREYHOUND Racing Victoria campaign to donate money for bushfire relief has been extended to the end of the month.

GRV chairman Peita Duncan made the announcement in Sale this week The ‘Go The Red Dog’ initiative was created to support people affected by the bushfires, with GRV donating $250 every time a greyhound won a race from the red box at any Victorian track.

Duncan said GRV, its 13 clubs and thousands of participants, were committed to the ongoing support of rural and regional communities affected by the devastating fires.

“So far we have raised $45,000 from Go The Red Dog wins and many thousands more through our clubs in Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo who have all supported this initiative every time a red dog wins at their tracks,” she said.

“All our clubs are donating and holding fundraisers and events, and our participants are donating part of their prizemoney which has raised tens of thousands more.”

The GRV board also used the trip to Gippsland to meet with management of the Sale Greyhound Racing Club and agreed on a number of new initiatives to continue the sport’s support of the thousands of Victorians going through tough times.

“Throughout the month of February we will continue to donate $250 to the bushfire appeal every time a greyhound wins a race from the red box at any Victorian track,” Duncan said.

“In coming weeks and months, GRV will also be holding board meetings, leadership team meetings and branch meetings in rural and regionals towns and cities impacted by fires.

“We see this is a very practical way of showing our support by spending money locally through accommodation, food, petrol and other services.”

Sale Greyhound Racing Club has fully supported the bushfire effort, and raised $21,500 for the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund at its Australia Day meeting.

General manager Peter Johnston said the club would also be doing its utmost to care for greyhounds amidst the ongoing threat of smoke haze.

“Obviously the smokes affected us all and it’s been fairly horrific,” he said.

“Greyhounds have been affected so it’s all about the care of the animals which we’re trying to do.”

Johnston said the club had a busy schedule moving forward.

“Healesville is closed at the moment so we are doing extra race meetings over the next month so we’ve got some Monday, Friday and Sunday meets coming up so it’s going to be exciting,” he said.

“We will also be holding a fireworks display on Easter Sunday to make up for the ones we had to cancel on New Year’s Eve.”