The VRC is committed to being the best possible industry and community member and partner we can be.
To that end, we engage with numerous equine welfare and community wellbeing initiatives, working actively with a range of charity and other not-for-profit partners in order to assist and support.
The Club supports these partners via donations, community partnerships, event/promotional support, and our annual Melbourne Cup Carnival Pin & Win promotion.
We work with charities that share our values, and that help us achieve our stated vision: “Flemington is a world leader in racing and event entertainment, guaranteeing an unrivalled experience.”
Our commitment to making positive contributions to the community and industry is achieved through our involvement with and work to constantly improve:
- racing industry welfare
- animal welfare
- community health
- local community
The full list of our charity partners and initiatives can be seen below.
Very Special Kids
Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing a children’s hospice and professional family support services. The Victoria Racing Club was proud to announce Very Special Kids as the Pin & Win charity partner for 2021.
Living Legends is the post-career home of some of Australia’s most celebrated champion racehorses. Open to the public, Living Legends is set in the beautiful surrounds of Woodlands Historic Park.
the VRC is a proud long-time supporter of SecondBite, which provides fresh nutritious food for people in need. Since 2007, the VRC has supported SecondBite through surplus food donations.
National Jockeys' Trust
Since 2004, the National Jockeys’ Trust (NJT) has helped over 180 jockeys and their families to overcome financial hardship and cope when jockeys are injured or killed in action.
The Big Umbrella
The Big Umbrella (TBU) is a charity that with the help of volunteers and corporate participants redistributes rescued surplus food to create 400 meals a week shared on the street with the homeless and marginalised in Melbourne.
This charter was established to uphold the Club’s corporate values and provide a visible framework for the assessment of applications made to the VRC.
- To support charities that are aligned with the VRC’s corporate values.
- To support causes in the local area.
- To increase and diversify sources of fundraising.
- To utilise existing VRC resources and events to provide promotional leverage to approved charities where appropriate.
- To conduct all charitable activities effectively and efficiently so as to minimise expenses and maximise funds raised.
- To obtain stakeholder support for the VRC’s charitable activities.
- To utilise the iconic status of the Melbourne Cup - ‘the people’s race’ - as an envoy to assist in achieving positive social impacts.
- To be ethical and responsible in our operations.
The VRC supports charitable organisations that can demonstrate alignment with our corporate values.
|Levels of support||Donations available||Eligible recipients|
|Level 1||Tickets to be used for fundraising purposes - 2 x General Admission tickets for Mackinnon Stakes Day or Super Saturday||
Local community (located within 5km of Flemington):
|Level 2||Pin & Win exclusive charity partnership||
Appointed via tender process
All applications must be submitted by email on official letterhead to email@example.com.
Each application will be assessed on its individual merit.
The VRC is unable to support:
- requests that are not in writing.
- individuals or private enterprise.
- Support may be provided on a rotational basis. Year-on-year support may be declined to accommodate all requests.
- Donation requests may not be processed during October and November due to peak activity and requests received via regular post may not receive a response.
- Donation requests via email are preferred; all hard copy requests may not receive a response due to the number of requests received.
Applicants must read and understand the VRC Charity Charter.
All applications must submitted in writing on official letterhead to firstname.lastname@example.org and adhere to the following requirements:
- ABN to be clearly visible on the application (where applicable).
- include a brief profile of the charity or organisation and its vision, mission and objectives.
- include the date and format of the event to be held.
- outline where the money raised would be spent.
- do not include any materials other than those specifically requested.
- sign and date the application.