Close to 300 guests enjoyed a wonderful 500 Supporters’ Group annual Spring Racing Lunch held in the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in mid October. For many years, the Supporters’ Group has organised two Sporting Lunches each year to raise funds to assist projects to improve standards of health and education in some of the most impoverished locations in East Africa. Over the years, these occasions have been generously supported by many prominent Australian sports personalities.
Many guests have been regular attendees and their ongoing support and spirit of camaraderie have grown from the pioneering work of Mr Noel O’Brien.
The Edmund Rice Foundation is grateful to Master of Ceremonies Leon Wiegard OAM, who has generously hosted these functions for many years. Leon interviewed prominent trainer, Michael (“Mike”) Moroney, jockey Nicholas Hall and former champion jockey, Brent Thomson, who entertained the gathering and shared something of their lives and experiences in the Racing Industry. The Foundation is indebted to these special guests and other prominent racing identities present including jockey Brent Stanley and trainer John Moloney, along with Fr Joe Giacobbe, unofficial chaplain to the racing industry.