City2Bush raises $100,000 for Western Queensland communities
Drought-affected Western Queensland communities are set to receive more than $100,000 in donations thanks to the City2Bush event and UBET, the new TAB.
The weekend event saw 100 city folk from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne visit Longreach to celebrate 125 years racing in Longreach, as well as raise much-need funds for drought relief.
Through donations, auctions, raffles and a $50,000 contribution from TAB-operator UBET, the group raised a grand total of $102,000, which will be distributed to community groups in Longreach, Cunnamulla, Blackall, Tambo, Clermont, Roma, Birdsville, Bedourie, Boulia, Winton and Barcaldine.
In addition, the group estimate around $25,000 would have been injected into the Longreach community over the weekend through accommodation, food and beverage and shopping in the local businesses.
In an historic move, UBET made the raceday a TAB meeting, with profits from betting on the Longreach races nationally going towards the fundraising total, with Radio TAB also broadcasting live from the track and a mobile betting van helping boost on-course facilities.
UBET General Manager – Brand, Penny Glasson, said he was incredibly proud to help contribute to the success of the event.
“It was a sensational weekend and while the group had a great time at the Paul Kelly concert and the raceday, the goal was to raise as much money for those communities and we were thrilled to crack the six-figure mark,” Ms Glasson said.
Guests on the trip included Channel Seven’s Mark Beretta and Dean Miller, TEQ Board member Karen Hanna, Gold Coast Suns players Michael Rischitelli and Andrew Raines, Nova’s Kip Wightman and David Lutteral, Westpac State GM Greg Crocombe, Tatts Group CEO Robbie Cooke as well as City2Bush committee members: Australian Hotels Association CEO Stephen Ferguson, Avmin’s Paul O’Brien and Shea Morrison.