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The Birdsville Cup races have raised at least $50,000 to help struggling Queensland farmers, following the first ever national broadcast of the iconic racing carnival.
Racing Queensland is donating half its wagering revenue generated by the two-day meeting to the Queensland Drought Appeal.
“Thousands of visitors flock to Birdsville each September to experience Australia’s most famous Outback race meeting,” Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said.
“This year, thousands more around the country were able to watch the races live and have a bet, and in doing so help Queensland’s struggling farmers.
“It’s a terrific result for drought-affected communities throughout Queensland, with $50,000 raised through the Birdsville Cup.
“I want to encourage Queenslanders to continue giving generously to the Drought Appeal to support those who are doing it tough.”
Racing Queensland’s Thoroughbred General Manager, Simon Stout said: “The 2018 Birdsville carnival was an outstanding success, uniting people from all walks of life, like only racing can do.
“RQ is thrilled to be able to play its part in supporting Queensland farmers doing it tough.
“While wagering numbers are still being finalised, thanks to the support of race-goers nationwide, RQ will be donating at least $50,000 to the Queensland Country Women’s Association.”