In pursuing our vision, "Flemington is a world leader in thoroughbred racing, event management and entertainment” we are committed to making a positive contribution to the community.

The Club supports charities through donations, community partnerships, event/promotional support and our annual Melbourne Cup Carnival Pin & Win promotion. We work with charities that share our values and conduct programs that address needs relating to:

  • racing industry welfare
  • animal welfare
  • community health
  • local community.

Learn more about the charities and foundations we support:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF Australia is built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on an international stage to pool resources, passion and energy. Their mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion since our inception. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Their staff and volunteers in seven countries are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. 

 Find out more about JDRF at jdrf.org.au or on Facebook and Twitter.

National Jockeys’ Trust

Since 2004, the National Jockeys’ Trust (NJT) has helped over 180 jockeys and their families to overcome financial hardship and cope when jockeys are injured or killed in action.

We are proud to get behind this important industry charity through the sale of signed saddlecloths, fundraising and event support, and donations on behalf of jockeys appearing in the Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade each year.

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Living Legends is the post-career home of some of Australia’s most celebrated champion racehorses.  Open to the public, Living Legends is set in the beautiful surrounds of Woodlands Historic Park and features favourites such as Emirates Melbourne Cup winners Brew and Might and Power, as well as the ever popular Apache Cat.

Living Legends is a charitable organisation promoting life after racing for thoroughbreds, and runs programs for school children, people with disabilities and seniors groups. Living Legends relies on donations and sponsorships, and we’re proud to provide support by engaging horses from the Living Legends stable at many Flemington racedays and events throughout the year.

- Make a donation

Doxa Youth Foundation

Since its inception in 1972, Doxa has helped over 100,000 young people achieve personal greatness in their lives.  From humble beginnings, hundreds of people have worked together to help make Father Joe Giacobbe’s dream of lasting change for disadvantaged young people a reality.

Each Autumn, we celebrate this worthy cause through supporting the Doxa Racing Lunch at Flemington. 

- Make a donation

Western Health Foundation

Western Health is the major public provider of acute health services throughout Western Metropolitan Melbourne and the third largest provider of pediatric services in Victoria.

Our Western Health Community Raceday held in December benefits the health provider, with the past three racedays each raising over $100,000, most recently in support of the newly opened (Feb 2015) Children’s Ward at Sunshine Hospital.  

- Make a donation

SecondBite

SecondBite provides fresh, nutritious food for people in need, by rescuing and redistributing surplus food, and building community capacity in food skills and nutrition. VRC caterers first began supplying surplus fresh food to SecondBite in 2007, and in the 2013-14 financial year we donated 9811kg of food, enough to supply more than 19,000 healthy meals!

As our Pin & Win partner in 2013 and 2014, SecondBite broke previous fundraising records with $543,000 raised through the 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival, and in 2014 took the two-year total to more than $1 million, which provided more than 2.5 million healthy and nutritious meals for vulnerable Australians.

- Make a donation

VRC Charity Charter

Whilst all charities are worthy of corporate support, the VRC recognises that it is best positioned to allocate its resources to charities that share its values and conduct programs that address needs relating to:

  • racing industry welfare
  • animal welfare
  • community health
  • local community.

This charter was established to uphold the Club’s corporate values and provide a visible framework for the assessment of applications made to the VRC.

Objectives

  • To support charities that are aligned with the VRC’s corporate values.
  • To support causes in the local area.
  • To increase and diversify sources of fundraising.
  • To utilise existing VRC resources and events to provide promotional leverage to approved charities where appropriate.
  • To conduct all charitable activities effectively and efficiently so as to minimise expenses and maximise funds raised.
  • To obtain stakeholder support for the VRC’s charitable activities.
  • To utilise the iconic status of the Melbourne Cup - ‘the people’s race’ - as an envoy to assist in achieving positive social impacts.
  • To be ethical and responsible in our operations.
General donation requests

The VRC supports charitable organisations that can demonstrate alignment with our corporate values.

Levels of support  Donations available Eligible recipients 
Level 1 Tickets to be used for fundraising purposes - 2 x General Admission tickets for Emirates Stakes Day or Super Saturday Local community (located within 5km of Flemington):
  • local schools
  • local sporting clubs
  • not-for-profit organisations

Racing industry welfare
Animal welfare

Level 2 Pin & Win exclusive charity partnership
Appointed via tender process                        
Eligibility & selection criteria

All applications must be submitted by email on official letterhead to donations@vrc.net.au.

Each application will be assessed on its individual merit. 

Limitations

The VRC is unable to support:

  • requests that are not in writing
  • individuals or private enterprise.

Please note:

  • Support may be provided on a rotational basis. Year-on-year support may be declined to accommodate all requests.
  • Donation requests may not be processed during October and November due to peak activity and requests received via regular post may not receive a response.
  • Donation requests via email are preferred; all hard copy requests may not receive a response due to the number of requests received.

Application process: Levels 1-2

Applicants must read and understand the VRC Charity Charter.

All applications must submitted in writing on official letterhead to donations@vrc.net.au and adhere to the following requirements:

  • ABN to be clearly visible on the application (where applicable)
  • include a brief profile of the charity or organisation and its vision, mission and objectives
  • include the date and format of the event to be held
  • outline where the money raised would be spent
  • do not include any materials other than those specifically requested
  • sign and date the application.
Application process: Charity partnerships including Pin & Win

The VRC is very proud to partner with the organisations listed at the top of this page and is currently not seeking any new partnerships in this area.

The JDRF has been appointed as the Pin & Win charity partner for 2017. Please refer to our Pin & Win page for information on this year's campaign.

For more information, phone the Customer Service Centre on 1300 727 575 or email customerservice@vrc.net.au