Racing club donates to Ronald McDonald house


CHARITY HOUSE: Greg Fitzgerald hands over the cheque for $8438 to Gina and Tony Baj, owners of McDonalds Whyalla and Port Lincoln.

CHARITY HOUSE: Greg Fitzgerald hands over the cheque for $8438 to Gina and Tony Baj, owners of McDonalds Whyalla and Port Lincoln.

The Port Lincoln Racing Club has donated annual fundraising efforts of $8438 to the Ronald McDonald charity, which houses rural families who need to travel to Adelaide for hospital treatment.

Racing club president Greg Fitzgerald said it was a pleasure to hand over their fundraising efforts over to the charity for the ninth year in a row.

"From the 18/19 racing season fundraising, we've raised just over $8400," he said.

"Ronald McDonald house in Adelaide really supports country families and country children...which is the important thing."

Eyre Peninsula McDonald's franchisee owner and operator Tony Baj said it had been a nine year succession of sponsoring the club and the club reciprocating through fundraising for the Ronald McDonald house.

He said he aimed to make the 10th year of fundraising the biggest yet and wanted to see record crowds on Port Lincoln Cup day in 2020.

The funds are raised through recycling cans and bottles, putting a dollar from every race book sold and a dollar for every admission on Port Lincoln Cup day aside for the charity.

The club also puts out donation boxes for the charity at the premises.

"People that use the house are from Port Lincoln, from the EP...families get together (at the house) to talk and share stories, and cry on each others' shoulders," Mr Baj said.

He said with the announcement of the move of the Women's and Children's Hospital, the houses in North Adelaide could soon be obsolete, meaning they would need to undertake a "massive capital raise" to find new housing close to the duplicated hospital.

"Through people and clubs like Port Lincoln Racing Club, it goes toward those sorts of things," he said.