You would be aware of the disastrous bush fires that have occurred on our Island Home over the last 3 weeks. With the tragic loss of 2 lives, many homes, thousands of sheep, cattle and businesses, we are looking to rebuild our island community to where it was prior to these fires.
While the agriculture industry will take time to repair itself, another important part of our economy is the tourism industry. The Kangaroo Island racing clubs 3 days of racing incorporating the Cup carnival which in itself is the single biggest event held on the island each year bringing together the local community and strong tourism alike.
We want everyone to know that KI still has significant parts of the island that have not been effected by the fires and there are lots of things for tourists to see and do, including our fantastic racing carnival.
The race course was not affected by the fires and is looking in the best condition it ever has with the addition of new outside running rails, horse race from track into the mounting yard and new place getters stalls. Our overnight horse stalls were used to assist in housing local islanders horses who were in imminent danger from the fires.
The committee of the club at an out of session meeting have decided to donate any profits generated from our 2019/2020 racing season (less normal operating cost) to our Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund. Donations to the fund will go where they’re most needed and will assist the local economy as the money is poured back directly to those in need.
We are still operating as usual.
Our Trainers and Jockeys Challenge will continue again this year as will our major sponsors.
Free transport for all trainers, strappers, horses and floats continue on the boat across to the island.
Please continue to support both our racing carival and the Kangaroo Island community by visiting our island home, buying local KI produce and attending our race days.
Mark Turner - Chairman (Kangaroo Island Racing Club)