theyre racing ... to help Vinnies
Matthew Talbot hits the front
as the field heads to the winning post and
it’s all over bar the shouting.
But, wait, a gap has opened up for Charles
O’Neill, which is charging down
the centre of the track.
Charles O’Neill draws up alongside Matthew Talbot
and the two go to the line
It’s a head-bobbing finish
as the two stablemates pass the post.
Matthew Talbot, Charles O’Neill? Charles
O’Neill, Matthew Talbot?
It’s anybody’s guess.
The judges can’t split
them. They’ve called for the camera, a photo finish.
And it’s a dead heat.
Matthew Talbot and Charles O’Neill will share the
That is, of
course, the Matthew Talbot Hostel and Charles O’Neill House.
They have received
a funding boost from a charity race day at Rosehill
Gardens and a gala dinner
at Star City.
The First Step Charity Race Day (pictured) raised more than
$65,000 for the
Matthew Talbot Hostel for the homeless, which is in Woolloomooloo,
Charles O’Neill House, the live-in drug and alcohol rehabilitation
The hostel was also the main beneficiary of the
dinner in the Star City
ballroom for the 10th anniversary Stockbrokers’ Awards
- the premier event
on the industry’s calendar.
Over the years the St
Vincent de Paul Society has built good relationships
with its friends in the
corporate and racing worlds.
And its fundraising efforts are made possible
by great organising committees
made of volunteers, by event sponsors and by
companies which donate raffle
prizes and auction items.
Society relies on the on-going support of the community to fund
of its 20,000 volunteers who work tirelessly around the clock to
to people in every area of need.
To find out more about the society’s fundraising
events, visit www.vinnies.org.
a donation to its winter appeal, call 13 18 12, visit your local St
de Paul centre or make a contribution at your parish.
By the way, the next
big event on the racing calendar, from the Society’s
point of view, is not
the Spring Carnival, but the Night of Champions, the
annual Racehorse Owners’
Association awards in August that will again see
members of the racing fraternity
share their winnings with the less fortunate.