Port Lincoln Racing Club gives once again to Ronald McDonald House

DONATION: Port Lincoln Racing Club president Greg Fitzgerald presents the cheque to McDonald's SA state manager Alex Carapetis and McDonald's Port Lincoln owner Tony Baj. Photo: supplied
DONATION: Port Lincoln Racing Club president Greg Fitzgerald presents the cheque to McDonald's SA state manager Alex Carapetis and McDonald's Port Lincoln owner Tony Baj. Photo: supplied

Port Lincoln Racing Club has made its latest donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities, having donated about $58,000 over a decade period.

Recently the racing club presented a cheque for $5073.58, which was raised during the last racing season from recycling, donation tins on site, the sale of race books and $1 admission from every ticket sold to the Port Lincoln Cup in March.

The club has had a long-term relationship with McDonald's Port Lincoln, which has been a sponsor of the club since 2011, and since then has raised an estimated $58,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Racing club president Greg Fitzgerald said with COVID-19 affecting the last racing season however it was happy to once again donate funds towards a facility which helped families in the community and across all regional areas.

"We see it as one of our responsibilities to support other not-for-profit organisations in our community and support other organisations who work for or work with, or support people who are disadvantaged," he said.

"We've got local racing club members who over the course of the last 10 years who have had family members or other families they have been connected with who have had to use Ronald McDonald House."

Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation and support for country families who have to travel to Adelaide for medical treatment for serious illness.

Mr Fitzgerald presented the cheque for Ronald McDonald House Charities at the club recently to Port Lincoln McDonald's owner Tony Baj and McDonald's state manager Alex Carapetis.

Mr Baj said McDonald's Port Lincoln has valued its relationship with the racing club and this most recent donation was the culimination of the first 10 years.

"We have a great working relationship, we sponsor the racing club and their donations help families in town as well as others around the state," he said.

"Last year was a tough year COVID-wise for charities...and these funds go the needs of the house in Adelaide, which benefits all who use it."

McDonald's Port Lincoln has recommitted its sponsorship with the racing club and both are looking forward to more years of beneficial partnership.

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