Wagga Amateur Picnic Race Club donate $30,000 to Country Hope despite washout

DONATION: Wagga Amateur Picnic Race Club president Geoff O'Hare and Country Hope board director Pat Barrett with the cheque of $30,000.
DONATION: Wagga Amateur Picnic Race Club president Geoff O'Hare and Country Hope board director Pat Barrett with the cheque of $30,000.

The Wagga Amateur Picnic Race Club last week donated $30,000 to Riverina charity Country Hope and inducted a new life member, former president and long-time committee member Simon Playfair.

Despite last year's annual October long weekend race meeting being abandoned before the day due to heavy rain, the Wagga picnics was able to donate the sum to Country Hope through the support of its sponsors and the success of a phantom race day.

The donation of $30,000, which was handed to Country Hope last week at an official function, takes the total to more than $500,000 since 2003 contributed to the charity via the Wagga picnics race day.

"Country Hope plays a vital role in the Riverina community, supporting families in a myriad of ways during times of significant hardship with sick children," Wagga Picnics president Geoff O'Hare said. 

"With the support of the Wagga community and our generous sponsors, even in such a wet year, we were able to ensure Country Hope received a significant sum to go towards their annual children's camp."

To celebrate the milestone, the Wagga picnics committee last week held a function where Playfair was also officially recognised for his contribution to the ongoing success of the race day.

Wagga Picnics president Geoff O'Hare with latest life member, Simon Playfair (right).

Wagga Picnics president Geoff O'Hare with latest life member, Simon Playfair (right).

"Simon is a past president and, along with a core group of committee members, was able to rebuild the picnics into what is now one of Wagga's best social events of the year," he said.

"We were honoured to be able to bestow life membership on Simon as it is thoroughly deserved."

This year's Wagga picnic races will be held on Saturday, September 30.