Each year, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Newcastle Hunter holds an annual charity race day to raise money for Variety - the Children's Charity. Most years the day raises in excess of $60,000 for the organisation, which is used to support the annual NSW Variety Bash, Newcastle - Newcastle event.
In 2019 however, in addition to raising money for Variety, AHA Newcastle Hunter has announced a second beneficiary of the race day event, Hunter Children's Research Foundation.
Formed in 1996, Hunter Children’s Research Foundation (HCRF) has to date raised more than $2 million for important research into children’s terminal and debilitating illnesses.
"Since 2003, AHA Newcastle Hunter has frequently joined forces with HCRF to help raise in excess of $50,00 through a range of events for the important research they help fund..."
"Since 2003, AHA Newcastle Hunter has frequently joined forces with HCRF to help raise in excess of $50,000 through a range of events for the important research they help fund, " AHA Newcastle Hunter spokesperson Nikki Taylor said.
"We are proud to officially partner with them for our 2019 AHA Newcastle Hunter Race Day on Saturday, 4 May at Newcastle Racecourse.
"While our aim on the day is to once again raise $60,000 for the Variety Bash, we also look forward to assisting HCRF through the generosity of our hoteliers, members, industry associate members and sponsors."
HCRF spokesperson Lorraine Gardner said the organisation was delighted to partner with AHA Newcastle Hunter as part of the race day event.
"HCRF is delighted to continue its long association with AHA Newcastle Hunter and all funds donated will be used to support HCRF research grants for our dedicated local medical researchers," Ms Gardner said.
"We are hoping to donate another $100,000 in grants at our annual awards night in October this year and funds raised from the race day will assist us to reach this target."
Want to know more about Hunter Children's Research Foundation?
HCRF (Hunter Children’s Research Foundation) started in February 1996 under the name of John Hunter Children’s Research Foundation.
Now in its 24th year, the first event was a bus trip to the Hunter Vineyards raising $800.
Together they have now raised more than $2 million with these funds being used for local research into children’s terminal and debilitating illnesses.
$450,000 was directed to their first Fellowship and $1,540,000 has funded 66 research grants and purchased $80,000 in research equipment.
HCRF works in association with Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and is affiliated with Hunter New England Kids Health.
Their ability to grow is thanks to the generous support of many individuals and businesses who have donated funds and held a wide variety of fundraising events for HCRF.
Funding allows this work to continue and has led to further grants from Australia’s leading bodies like NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council).
All money raised in the Hunter by HCRF stays in the Hunter to establish new research and continue existing projects. This research is in areas such as asthma, cancer, cystic-fibrosis, diabetes, autism and sleep disorders - illnesses that can affect any family at any time.
Learn more at hmri.org.au/hunter-childrens-research-foundation