Kangaroo Island Racing Club looking for new members

The Kangaroo Island Racing Club needs new members to reinvigorate the two race meetings on Kangaroo Island.

Racing club committee president Mark Turner and secretary Greg Miller have made an appeal for some fresh faces to come on board and help with the racecourse and race meetings.

Racing has a long tradition on KI going back to 1883, but it will only continue if new, enthusiastic members join the racing club.

 “There’s so many ways you can get involved and we love to see some young people join as well as any retirees who can spare some time to help out looking after the track and grounds,” Mr Turner said.

The club has its AGM on Friday, August 3 and anyone interested in joining the committee can stop in at Turner’s Tyres for a chat and to pick up a nomination form.

The January race meet this year falls on actual Australia Day, Saturday, January 26, so the club will be encouraging families to come and celebrate at the races with a picnic.

The club is also hoping to do a barbecue and have a range of fun activities for kids, and as usual all gate takings go to the RFDS.

The big racing carnival meanwhile runs February 14-16, with two days of racing on the Thursday and Saturday.

 The club again plans to have buses running and also lots of fun events such as fashions on the field and hopefully the Pimm’s Tent, which proved very popular this year.

“But all of this takes a lot of organising and we need people to come and help us make the event something great,” Mr Turner said.

He said it would be great to see a new generation of racing supporters come on board the committee.

Racing has a long tradition on KI going back to 1883, but it will only continue if new, enthusiastic members join the racing club.

He has followed in the footsteps of his father Milton Turner, who was a 60-year life member of the club and a former president himself.

Milton Turner has a Memorial Race named after him, which is presented on Cup Day by Mark’s mother Margaret.

The club is also keen to have more people sign to be club members with a $50 membership coming with a range of discounts at business around town, including Turner Fuel and the Ozone Hotel, as well as annual raffles.

Membership forms are also available at Turner’s Tyres or by contacting Greg Miller at greg.miller1@bigpond.com

CUP CARNIVAL: Kangaroo Island SeaLink Cup Carnival is considered to be the single biggest tourism event for the Island. File photo

CUP CARNIVAL: Kangaroo Island SeaLink Cup Carnival is considered to be the single biggest tourism event for the Island. File photo

Meanwhile it was announced this month that the Kangaroo Island SeaLink Cup Carnival will get a share of $383,000 in funding to support regional events announced by the SA Government.

The horse racing carnival that will run on February 14-16, 2019 is considered to be the single biggest tourism event for the Island. 

Mr Miller said it was great to see the cub’s grant application had been approved.

“We will utilise it in conjunction with Thoroughbred Racing SA to fund our marketing campaign for the carnival,” he said.

“As part of the funding we are required to submit our marketing campaign to Tourism SA and as part of the funding requirements we must also carry out a significant survey of the race patrons over the carnival which in turn is submitted to Tourism SA.”

The funding has been provided through the Regional Events & Festivals Program (REFP) and the Community Events Development Fund (CEDF) to events that boost regional tourism.

The program will assist the delivery and marketing activities of 29 events, with three receiving support for the first time. Read more

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