The Scone Race Club (SRC) has entered a 12-month alliance with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) valued at $20,000 in recognition of the organisation’s lifesaving support to not only the horseracing sector but the wider community.
The backing includes a significant cash donation plus exclusive charity partnership rights with the SRC for the period, which will see WRHS volunteers given opportunities to fundraise at signature race days such as the upcoming Scone Cup Day on 14 May.
Scone Race Club will also offer the service “race day experiences” and entry tickets for use as fundraising prizes across Northern NSW to further complement the sponsorship.
SRC is also scheduled to host the inaugural Upper Hunter Race Day on 24 September 24 in support of the WRHS.
Scone Race Club CEO Heath Courtney said the partnership was important to the industry and even more vital to the wider community.
“The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is available to benefit every member of the community,” he stated.
“The SRC, like many businesses I’m sure, are inundated with requests for assistance.
“We feel that aligning with an organisation such as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service indicates the club’s intentions of showing support to the broader community.
“The thoroughbred industry is as unpredictable an industry for injuries as it comes.
“Working with such large and athletic animals, all with their own personalities and quirks, makes for a hazardous work and leisure environment.
“With the Upper Hunter being somewhat remote from expert medical care combined with these obvious dangers, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter is a critical piece of equipment in ensuring participants, employees and social owners of horses have the best possible chance of swift access to the specialist medical care needed in the inevitable event of injury.”
Mr Courtney said the SRC was in full swing with preparations for the Darley Scone Cup on Friday 14 May.
“Ticket sales have been their strongest in recent memory with only general admission ticketing remaining,” he added.
“We are extremely proud to be able to offer this event as a fundraising opportunity for the WRHS in further recognition of our support.”
For the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, this is the first relationship of its type in the Upper Hunter and was welcomed by the WRHS’s representatives in the region.
“We’re really excited with the opportunity to increase our existing relationship with Scone Race Club and the Upper Hunter thoroughbred industry as a whole,” community liaison officer Danny Eather said.
“Particularly, given how important access to the rescue helicopter is for those within the industry and the broader community within the Upper Hunter.
“In the meantime, we are looking forward to our presence at both the Scone Cup Day and the inaugural Upper Hunter Race Day in September.
“I encourage the local community and others to put the events in their calendar and support both the race club and the community’s own Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.”