Euroa has eyes on prize ahead of Melbourne Cup

15 October 2019

All eyes will be on the horse that draws barrier 12 in this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup with the Euroa community in the running to receive $50,000 to put towards the Happy Health Kids initiative.

The community-led initiative to bring additional health services to disadvantaged children in Euroa now has a 1 in 24 chance at the major cash prize after being nominated for the barrier draw by local MP Steph Ryan at last week’s Melbourne Cup event at Lindsay Park Stables.

Ms Ryan made the announcement at a charity golf day held last Friday in support of the Happy Healthy Kids project.

“I am delighted to have drawn barrier number 12 on behalf of Happy Healthy Kids for this year’s cup for their chance at the $50,000 prize pool,” Ms Ryan said.

“Happy Healthy Kids is a fantastic community-driven initiative focused on bringing health services to children in the Euroa that find themselves disadvantaged by geographic isolation, long waiting lists and financial hardship.

“As part of the Euroa Health Initiative, Happy Healthy Kids will see the placement of a provisional psychologist into the township to operate from the local schools.

“It offers pediatric services through both the school’s clinic and through Euroa Medical as well as alternative health approaches to children who may have suffer from forms of trauma such as equine therapy.

“This project is a collaborative effort between professionals, schools and families to ensure that local children receive their best start in life.

“Children should not be at a disadvantage from accessing health services because of where they live.

“Last week’s charity golf day aims to raise funds for Happy Health Kids to start laying the groundwork for their Euroa initiative.

“I applaud the hard work and efforts taken by those involved with Happy Healthy Kids Euroa in making this important project a reality and wish them all the best ahead of this year’s Melbourne Cup.”

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