The Diggers Gives Burdekin Sixty Thousand Reasons to Smile

8 Sep 2017

Harbord Diggers has once again shown its ongoing support for the Northern Beaches community with the annual Mounties Group Charity Race Day held last Thursday 24 August, raising more than $60,780 for local charity, The Burdekin Association.

Mounties Group, the owners of the iconic Freshwater club, held its fifth annual Race Day at Hawkesbury Race Club which raised a total of $121,658 split between Northern Beaches organisation, The Burdekin Association and Western Sydney community group, CORE Community Services, whom both support local youth.

Fifty percent of the profits, representing $60,780 was donated to The Burdekin Association who provide support, accommodation and intervention for homeless and at-risk young people on the Northern Beaches.

Harbord Diggers General Manager, Dale Hunt said, "Having donated to many causes over the years, we wanted this year's race day to highlight the work of local organisations who are working to support our troubled and homeless young people and their families," said Mr Hunt.

"We are proud to support The Burdekin Association who strive for young people to have a safe and secure home and access to opportunities available in the community," he added.

The Mounties Group Charity Race Day was attended by more than 380 guests, primarily club suppliers, partners and supporters who dug deep on the day to support these worthy causes.

"Over the past four years, we have raised more than $300,000 for worthy local organisations and charities through our Race Day.

"For 2017 our result of raising more than $121,000 was record-breaking and a great reflection of our loyal suppliers and supporters who truly gave everything to support and give back to the local communities in which we operate," explained Mr Hunt.

Chief Executive Officer of The Burdekin Association, Justene Gordon, attended the Race Day and was delighted with the result.

"This overwhelming donation from Mounties Group of more than $60,000 will be hugely beneficial for The Burdekin Association," said Ms Gordon.

"$20,000 covers the cost of innovative programs to reach 30 vulnerable young people and their families at risk of disengagement from school and family breakdown which is the number one contributor to homelessness in our region.

"These funds will directly contribute to our programs and support approximately 100 people, which includes care, support and accommodation for local Northern Beaches children and at-risk young people aged 12 to 24," added Ms Gordon.

For more information on The Burdekin Association visit www.burdekin.org.au or phone 8976 1777.

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