Wentworth Park will be turned red this week in preparation for the iconic track’s 65 Roses Race Meeting on Friday which will help raise money to improve the quality of life for people living with Cystic Fibrosis.
As part of Cystic Fibrosis Australia’s 65 Roses Day campaign, each of the 35 greyhound racing tracks in NSW are to stage their own 65 Roses Race Meeting in May.
Every time a greyhound wearing the red rug (number one) wins a race at a 65 Roses Race Meeting, Greyhound Racing NSW will donate $250 to Cystic Fibrosis. It is hoped 65 greyhounds wearing the red rug will win throughout the month of May at the designated 65 Roses Race Meetings.
Having just passed the halfway mark of the campaign, 46 greyhounds wearing the red rug have won at 65 Roses Race Meetings. Combined with additional money pledged during each 65 Roses Race Meeting, the total amount raised now stands at $23,800.
Wentworth Park’s 65 Roses Race Meeting on Friday night will have added significance as it coincides with the Cystic Fibrosis Australia’s 65 Roses Day – a day which aims to raise funds for vital research and services that help extend the lives of Australians living with Cystic Fibrosis.
In addition to the 65 Roses Race Meeting, the iconic judge’s tower at Wentworth Park will be turned red throughout this week. The race track will also play host to a special cocktail function on the Friday.
Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Brent Hogan encouraged racegoers to get down to Wentworth Park on Friday night and support Australians living with Cystic Fibrosis.
“We believe the 65 Roses Race Meetings are greyhound racing’s best way of providing support to helping people living with the condition as well as their families. So let’s all get down to Wentworth Park and raise a glass to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis,” Mr Hogan said.
Mr Hogan said the 65 Roses campaign had been a great success, with the sport’s participants as well as local communities throughout NSW getting behind the red rug at the 65 Roses Race Meetings.
“The support shown from all clubs who have already hosted a 65 Roses Race Meeting has been fantastic and I am sure that will continue throughout the month of May,” Mr Hogan said.
Cystic Fibrosis is the most common life threatening, recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children. At present there is no cure, but organisations such as Cystic Fibrosis Australia are dedicated to funding further research into the condition and Cystic Fibrosis NSW to providing services and support to people in NSW who live with Cystic Fibrosis.
Tickets for the cocktail function are $25 and include food, drinks and live entertainment. They can be purchased by calling (02) 8767 0500.