Melbourne - VRC Ambassador Gai Waterhouse, VSK Chief Executive Michael Wasley and Sister Margaret Noone

VRC Ambassador Gai Waterhouse, VSK Chief Executive Michael Wasley and Sister Margaret Noone

Victoria Racing Club and Very Special Kids join forces again for Pin & Win

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is pleased to announce Very Special Kids will be the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s official Pin & Win charity partner for a third year.

In the past two years of the partnership Pin & Win, with the generous support of Flemington racegoers and fans, more than $750,000 has been raised for Very Special Kids, with all proceeds supporting an upgrade of Very Special Kids’ children’s hospice in Malvern where it cares for children with life-limiting conditions and provides much-needed family support services.

All proceeds raised from the sale of this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup souvenir pins will again go towards the rebuild of the hospice as well as supporting the 850 Victorian families Very Special Kids assists each year.

In December last year the State Government committed $7.5 million towards the $22.5 million needed to rebuild the hospice, with construction set to commence in August this year.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Steve Rosich said the club and Very Special Kids aim to raise even more money from pin sales in 2021 to help the many families who rely on the services of Very Special Kids.

“The Victoria Racing Club is proud to partner with Very Special Kids for the third year and support the important work they do caring for children with life-limiting conditions and their families,” Mr Rosich said.

“We have raised over $750,000 in the past two years of the partnership thanks to VRC Members, partners and all racegoers, and look forward to raising even more money in our third year through the sale of Lexus Melbourne Cup souvenir pins.

“Our partnership is not just about raising funds though, with Flemington favourites like Hall of Fame trainer and VRC Ambassador Gai Waterhouse AO, the iconic three handled Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy and Melbourne Cup favourites like the late Subzero all making visits to the hospice over the years, which we look forward to continuing this year.”

Very Special Kids Chief Executive Officer Michael Wasley said the charity is delighted to be working with the VRC again.

“We are predominantly self-funded so to be able to partner with the Victoria Racing Club again after a challenging year last year is just incredible,” Mr Wasley said.

“Our Malvern hospice is over 25 years old and urgently requires an upgrade. By purchasing a Lexus Melbourne Cup pin this year, you are helping to support this upgrade to ensure our hospice continues to meet all individual family needs well into the future.”

To mark the Pin & Win partnership, Mr Wasley will be at Flemington on Saturday 27 February for Australian Guineas Day to watch race one, the Very Special Kids Plate.

The family-friendly raceday will be the first Group 1 race day in front of spectators at Australia’s home of racing since Super Saturday last March, with racing fans set for a fabulous day of food, wine and racing at Flemington. Tickets can be purchased at

Pin & Win pins will be available to buy at Flemington and a range of retail outlets from September.

For more information on the Pin & Win program, please visit here.

Since 1995, Pin & Win has raised more than $6.3 million for charity through the sale of Lexus

Melbourne Cup souvenir pins, helping to change lives and support the community.