Charity will be the big winner when a galaxy of stars shoot to the Top End this weekend to celebrate the running of the annual Katherine Cup.
UBET, the exclusive retail wagering provider in the Northern Territory, has arranged to fly in a host of sporting luminaries and entertainers for the time-honoured event, to help raise much-needed money for a good cause and inject funds in the local community.
Guests, including footy legends Anthony Minichiello, Nathan Sharpe and Trevor Gillmeister, A-League star Ivan Franjic, Supercars drivers Will Davison and Nick Percat and television and radio personalities Matt White, David Lutteral, Ange Anderson and Peter Psaltis, will board the UBET Jet in Brisbane on Friday for a once in-a-lifetime overnight visit to the regional centre.
Upon arrival, the group will be whisked away for a sight-seeing tour of the World Heritage-listed Katherine Gorge, before donning their finest bush formalwear and joining the good folk at the Katherine Club for the famous Cup Calcutta.
Legendary race caller John Tapp will make a special appearance at the function, coming out of retirement to give what will no doubt be a thrilling phantom call of the 2016 Cup.
Saturday will be all about the on-track action with the travelling party to join an expected 2,500-strong crowd for a day at the bush races with a twist; every dollar raised as profit on the meeting will go towards grassroots sport via the Australian Sports Foundation’s Giving4Grassroots™ small grants program, which aims to increase participation in adult community sport across the nation.
The Australian Sports Foundation is the only sports body in Australia where donations of $2 or more to registered sports projects are tax deductible.
“From healthier lifestyles to social inclusion and the development of leadership and team skills, sports participation has so many recognized benefits, so this is an initiative we are proud to stand behind,” said UBET Chief Operating Officer Barrie Fletton.
Australian Sports Foundation Chief Executive Patrick Walker said he welcomed the generous support from UBET to assist with the initiatives and programs.
“All funds raised at the Katherine Cup meeting will assist adult sportsmen and women in small not-for-profit sports clubs and organisations across Australia, particularly in the Northern Territory,” Mr. Walker said.
“Sports participation is a powerful community asset and the G4G funding of approved programs will deliver any number of positive health and community benefits.”
As a further show of commitment to the racing industry in the jurisdiction, UBET will grant the meeting TAB status for the first time.
The move will ensure national exposure via the RadioTAB network and various media partner form guides and allow punters across the country to place bets on the races.
“By turning this into a TAB meet, we are throwing the betting open to the widest possible audience and the wonderful thing is, either our customers win, or charity and grassroots sport does,” said Fletton.
The charity initiative follows the launch of the first UBET outlet in Darwin in June, with a further 43 retail spaces to be upgraded in the next 12 months as part of a major rebrand of the TAB across the Territory.