THE Christmas races organised by the combined Eurobodalla Rotary Clubs and supported by the Moruya Jockey Club were a success raising much needed dollars to outfit the new oncology ward at Moruya Hospital.
Moruya Jockey Club manager Brian Cowden estimated more than 2700 people that turned out for “Christmas at the Races” on Sunday, December 22.
“It was a great community day that people came out and supported,” Cowden said. “It was a wonderful idea and it was great to see our local trainers and jockeys nabbing some victories.”
The MJC will have to wait until the takings from the food, bar and tab are processed on January 15 before they can add to the donation total collected by the Rotary clubs.
Councillor Rob Pollock is president of the Cancer Carers group that is overseeing the fundraising effort for the new oncology ward with just a bit over $100,000 already in the bank.
Mr Pollock thanked Brian Crowden and Tubby Harrison from the jockey club and the combined Rotary clubs for making the racing day such a success.
The raffle of a quilt made by a Mystery Bay resident in memory of her younger sister who was lost to cancer raised $4000 alone, he said.
“We were selling tickets at the races and I don’t think we got knocked back once,” he said.
The great news is the construction of the new 21-bed, sub-acute ward at Moruya Hospital is about half way done and due to be open sometime after July.
The new oncology ward will be located in the understory of this building and Mr Pollock said several local tradesman and builders had already expressed an interest at helping to fit out the ward at cost or a discount rate.