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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.

Living Legends

Living Legends

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.

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National Jockeys' Trust

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. 

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Australian Childhood Foundation

Australian Childhood Foundation

The VRC’s Charity Partner for Pin & Win in 2022 and 2023 is Australian Childhood Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organisation that provides specialist therapeutic support to children to help them heal and feel safe, as well as educating and empowering communities to safeguard children.

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Child And Racehorse Movement (CARM)

Child And Racehorse Movement (CARM)

CARM (Child and Racehorse Movement) is a collaboration between two registered charities, the KIDS Foundation and Rehab4Rehab to deliver equine-focused mental health and wellbeing programs for children, engaging with retired racehorses.

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Good Friday Appeal

Good Friday Appeal

For over 91 years, the Good Friday Appeal has raised over $421 million for The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Victoria’s largest and much-loved Charity, the Good Friday Appeal has enabled The Royal Children’s Hospital to establish itself as one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals.

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Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which provides opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, healthy, therapeutic, horse-related activities in Australia.

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Racing Hearts

Racing Hearts

Racing Hearts offers Equine Assisted Therapy programs to groups and individuals. The first organisation of its kind in Australia, Racing Hearts offers retired racehorses a new lease on life through retraining and integration to equine assisted therapy programs for humans. Humans helping horses helping humans.

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Important information


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.

Objectives

  • 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):

  • local schools
    local sporting clubs
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • Racing industry welfare
  • Animal welfare
Level 2 Pin & Win exclusive charity partnership

Appointed via tender process

All applications must be submitted by email on official letterhead to donations@vrc.net.au.

Each application will be assessed on its individual merit.

Limitations

The VRC is unable to support:

  • requests that are not in writing.
  • individuals or private enterprise.

Please note:

  • 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 donations@vrc.net.au 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.

Very Special Kids has been appointed as the Pin & Win charity partner for 2021. Please refer to our Pin & Win page for information on this year's campaign.

To express interest in future Pin & Win partnership opportunities with the Victoria Racing Club, please email community@vrc.net.

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