Harness Racing is set to get behind the brand new Leigh Plunkett Foundation, named in honour of one of Tasmania’s most respected trotting participants.
Leigh was a member of the Harness community on every level, working as a trainer, driver, studmaster and administrator before passing away in December 2007, aged 57.
His life was claimed by Leukaemia, a form of cancer that has touched many within the industry and that’s why the Leigh Plunkett Foundation has been created.
Tabcorp Park Melton, on August 30, will hold its first ever Leigh Plunkett Memorial event in what will be a fitting night to cap a brilliant season at the trots.
With door prizes, silent auctions, raffles and guest speaker Adam Ramanauskas all highlights of the inaugural event, there won’t be any better value in town.
Attendees will also be treated to a delicious two course meal which is included in the ticket price of just $40 ($15 from each ticket goes directly to the charity).
To book tickets call Tabcorp Park on (03) 8746 0631.
Following the Melton event there will also be nights held at Pinjarra on August 31 while New South Wales will be holding their event on October 3 at Penrith raceway.
The nights will involve guest speakers along with auction items and meals and aim to continue raising funds in order to put the Leigh Plunkett Foundation on a pedestal as the charity that all involved in Harness Racing circles come to know and love.
One key facets to the Foundation will be the Leigh Plunkett Memorial Scholarship, giving one lucky young trotting participant the chance to travel abroad and fast-track their learning experiences.
Aimed at anyone, in any harness field, between the ages of 18 and 30, the Foundation will give the winning contender the chance to jet off to training or breeding establishments across North America, or Europe and New Zealand.
For more information on Leigh Plunkett, or the Foundation that has been set up in his honour, head to www.leighplunkettfoundation.org.au.
Harness Racing Victoria