Christmas tree with gifts underneath

VRC Giving Trees Will Help Bring A Smile To A Child’s Face

While Christmas can be a joyous occasion for many, there are thousands of Australian children who go without receiving a gift each year because their families can’t afford it. The Smith Family aim to deliver over 75,000 new toys and 50,000 new books to children in need around Australia in their Toy and Book Appeal. 

To show our support and celebrate Christmas as a time to share, the VRC is providing an opportunity for racegoers to donate toys and books under our Christmas Giving Trees on VRC Thanks the Community Raceday, Saturday 15th December. These gifts will be handed over to The Smith Family to sort, wrap and deliver to disadvantaged families all over Australia, ready for Christmas morning.

There will be three Giving Trees located across Flemington Racecourse. VRC members can donate gifts under the Giving Trees in The Club Stand Lobby and The Forum, while all racegoers can visit the Giving Tree in Saintly Place.

Keen to get involved? Here’s some key information to help pick the perfect gift:

  1. Gifts are offered to children aged 0-12 years and currently there’s a shortage of gifts for boys and girls between the ages of 6-12 years.

  2. It's important the gifts come unwrapped so The Smith Family can sort and allocate them to the right ages. 

  3. The Smith Family aim to provide a mix of fun and educational toys and books. 

  4. Gifts such as board games and activity-based toys are always well-received. There are more gift suggestions on The Smith Family website here.

  5. Gifts should be ready to play with as soon as they’re opened on Christmas morning, so remember to include batteries if needed, and colouring pencils for colouring-in books.

Unfortunately there’s some items that aren’t suitable and cannot be accepted:

The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal list of items that cannot be donated

Unable to purchase a gift? We’ll be offering racegoers the opportunity to donate cash which will be used by The Smith Family to purchase a gift on your behalf. Cash gifts can be donated on both VRC Thanks the Community Raceday and Christmas Raceday. 

Help bring a smile to a child’s face by donating a gift to the Christmas Giving Trees this December. Get raceday tickets here.