At Destination Tweed Race Day, Luke Singelton and Derek Carter, from Tweed, place their bets.
At Destination Tweed Race Day, Luke Singelton and Derek Carter, from Tweed, place their bets. Blainey Woodham

Punters donate for flood victims

PREDICTED showers did not stop hundreds of people coming to Murwillumbah racecourse for a day at the races.

Destination Tweed general manager Phil Villiers said he expected about 500 people to show up for the festivities.

“The track is dead and it is in pretty good nick for the race,” Mr Villiers said.

“It is going to be a good race day.

“It’s a great day in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

“People are pretty laid back and relaxed and once the races have started and they have had a few drinks, it turns out to be a great day.”

Mr Villiers had his hopes set on a special horse in the main race.

“Jolly Good Luck, if that horse gets up, I will be a very jolly happy person,” he said.

This year Destination Tweed Race Day held a raffle for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

More than $1500 of prizes were donated to the raffle and ranged from island cabin accommodation to restaurant vouchers.

Sponsors of the raffle included Tropical Fruit World, Tweed Coast Holiday Parks, Mavis’s Kitchen, Sea World and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“People are quite happy to pay five dollars a ticket or even give the girls $10 or $20,” Mr Villiers said.

Destination Tweed’s Tracy Moschogianis said they hoped to raise between $1000 and $2000.

“If we get more that’s a bonus and if we get one thousand it’s still good,” Mrs Moschogianis said.

“Every bit helps and it is a great cause.”

Tourism officer Carolyn Rifello said a lot of people were happy to donate to the flood raffle.

In total, $700 was raised for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.



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