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2018 WEETWOOD OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

The Toowoomba Turf Club today officially launched the 2018 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood, Toowoomba’s most prestigious racing event on Saturday April 7.

The Audi Centre Toowoomba was again affirmed as the major partner and it was only fitting the local dealership showcased the reveal of events associated with this year’s Weetwood carnival.

In addition to the time-honoured Weetwood raceday, the Toowoomba Turf Club (TTC) announced that it will again deliver a week of festivities – “Weetwood Week” – that exhibits all things great about this city’s long-standing community event.

Weetwood Week will tee off on Easter Monday, April 2, where players can mix it with the stars of Weetwood at the City Golf Club. The 18-hole four-person Ambrose event is always popular.

 

The following morning, on Tuesday April 3, Clifford Park will host the annual Breakfast with the Weetwood Stars – a great, free school holiday event.  This event will enable guests to soak up all the trackside action, while watching the Weetwood stars complete their final track gallop and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the trainers and jockeys.  The Browns Office Choice Weetwood School Colour Competition will also be judged across the Darling Downs-based primary schools that have participated in the annual Weetwood in the Community initiative, plus a kids’ movie on the Wippells Autos Big Screen from 9am.

 

The Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Barrier Draw will be held on Wednesday April 4 at CBD dining hotspot The Walton Stores and is a must-attend event for those with a passion for racing, as the barriers are drawn that could determine the fate of the Weetwood contenders.

The traditional Weetwood Racing Mass will be carried out the same evening, Wednesday April 4, with Father McGinley, who will bless the track, horses, jockeys and trainers in the lead-up to Weetwood.

 

On the eve of Toowoomba’s premier raceday, the much-anticipated UBET Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch will be conducted at Clifford Park, featuring two-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jim “Pumper” Cassidy and Queensland Origin hero Billy Moore as guest speakers. Guests will also have the chance to draw the winner of the 2018 Audi Centre Weetwood Handicap while enjoying a “long lunch” with mates.

 

All the associated Weetwood Week events culminate on Saturday April 7, with the city’s annual social event, the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood.

TTC Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers felt the launch provided an in-depth snapshot of what the community can expect for the 2018 Weetwood carnival.

“The Weetwood is a community event and we have ensured the raceday and associated Weetwood events encompass everyone – from our newest racing enthusiasts, through to our most seasoned followers.

“We encourage the community to embrace all things Weetwood and appreciate one of the longest sprint handicaps in Australia, an achievement that, as a community, we should be very proud of,” Mr Odgers said.

Ticketing and hospitality packages are on sale and can be viewed by visiting www.weetwood.com.au

Posted by: In: Weetwood 14 Feb 2018 0 comments

IT’S been a dream of local model and mum, Constance Bailey, to be the Face Of Weetwood, for many years.

Constance was thrilled when she was approached by the Toowoomba Turf Club to be this year’s Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Face Ambassador.

The 31-year-old is a lover of horses and racing and was the perfect fit for this year’s role.

“I’ve been attending Weetwood for many years now and to take the step and be an Ambassador for this wonderful, local event is an incredible opportunity,” Ms Bailey said.

A mother of one, Ms Bailey is currently studying for her Bachelor in Psychology at USQ and already holds a Diploma in Make-Up Artistry. She has been seen on many local and national catwalks in her role as a model.

“I love Weetwood and celebrate the race day every year. I’ve already got my outfit picked out. I’m really passionate about horses and racing and believe this race day is so important to the local community.”

Constance will represent Clifford Park at all Weetwood events, including the Weetwood golf day, Breakfast With The Stars, barrier draw, the Weetwood Calcutta sportsman’s lunch and, of course, the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood race day.

Toowoomba Turf Club congratulates Constance on her appointment as 2018 Face Of Weetwood.

“Constance, as the Face of Weetwood, will assist with raising the profile of the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood locally as well as interstate,” TTC Chairman Kent Woodford said.

“The community is extremely proud of this event and Constance will represent the Weetwood and all associated events with confidence, style and sophistication.”

Posted by: In: Weetwood 06 Feb 2018 0 comments

WEETWOOD 2018 PIN & WIN CHARITY PARTNER ANNOUNCED

TOOWOOMBA Hospital Foundation has been chosen as charity partner for Weetwood’s 2018 Pin & Win promotion.

With the countdown to the 2018 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood well and truly on, Toowoomba Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers said the partnership was sure to be a winner.

“The team behind the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation is incredible – they are entrenched in the Toowoomba community and Clifford Park is so is excited to partner with them,” Mr Odgers said.

The Weetwood Pin & Win promotion is part of Clifford Park’s community engagement strategy for the club’s biggest race day of the year.

“The Toowoomba Hospital Foundation team will be selling pins in the lead-up to Weetwood – the more pins they sell, the more dollars the THF receives. We encourage everyone to purchase a pin to support this wonderful cause,” Mr Odgers said.

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer Alison Kennedy is excited about this year’s promotion.

“What a fantastic opportunity for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation to raise some funds. We are very excited to have been chosen and can’t thank Blair and the team at Clifford Park enough.

“We are certainly going to round up the volunteers and roll up the sleeves to get stuck into selling the pins. And with a wonderful prize pool, our punters should be excited also,” Mrs Kennedy said.
Toowoomba Hospital Foundation volunteers will sell the pins at various events surrounding the TTC’s largest race event of the year, including:
• Weetwood Corporate Golf Day City Golf Club Monday, April 2
• Breakfast With The Stars Clifford Park Tuesday, April 3
• Weetwood Barrier Draw Walton Stores Wednesday, April 4
• Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch Clifford Park Friday, April 6
• Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Clifford Park Saturday, April 7

The 2018 Pin & Win partnership is the first of the announcements for Clifford Park for the 2018 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood. Other announcements, including the reveal of the 2018 Face Of Weetwood and celebrity appearances, will roll out over the next few weeks.


MEDIA CALL:

When: Tuesday, February 6, 10am
Where: Clifford Park Racecourse – front lawn and main bar deck
Who:
TTC CEO Blair Odgers, TTC Chairman Kent Woodford, Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO Alison Kennedy and Audi Centre Toowoomba Dealer Principal David Russell.

Posted by: In: Weetwood 06 Apr 2017 0 comments

CELEBRITIES BOUND FOR WEETWOOD

DABBLE in some “celebrity-spotting” at this year’s 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood this Saturday.

You may spot famous faces across the Clifford Park venue, including:

• Model and Myer ambassador Kris Smith
• Queensland legend Alfie Langer
• Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett
• Brisbane Broncos star players Ben Hunt, Anthony Milford, Andrew McCullough, Benji Marshall and more

Toowoomba Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers is excited to welcome some big names to Clifford Park for this year’s Weetwood.

“Kris Smith is making the trip up to Toowoomba thanks to our friends at Create Home Loans. It’s not Kris’ first time in Toowoomba, but he’s a racing lover and is very excited about attending the 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood. He will be on the judging panel for the Hannas Fashions On The Field and spending time in the GC Event Hire Fashion Passport.

“We’re also thrilled to welcome some of the Brisbane Broncos’ finest. The Broncos will be travelling up to the Garden City following tonigth’s clash with the Sydney City Roosters at Suncorp Stadium – hopefully to celebrate a great win with us,” Mr Odgers said.

For all Weetwood ticketing and dining packages, please visit the dedicated website, www.weetwood.com.au.


WEETWOOD EVENTS AT A GLANCE:

Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch – Friday, April 7

Queensland rugby league legend Alfie Langer will feature as guest speaker at the revamped Calcutta – now a sportsman’s lunch, to be held in the Wippells Autos Grande Marquee at Clifford Park. Hear Alfie’s cheeky story, together with your chance to perhaps cash-in big by selecting the winner of the Weetwood. Tickets $85 per person. To purchase Calcutta tickets, please call Clifford Park 4634 6066.

Posted by: In: Weetwood 05 Apr 2017 0 comments

RICHEST RACE DAY EVER AT CLIFFORD PARK THIS WEEKEND FOR 2017 AUDI CENTRE TOOWOOMBA WEETWOOD

THIS weekend’s 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood race day will feature the largest prize money purse in Clifford Park history.

On Saturday, the prize money will total $850,000, taking into account QTIS bonuses.

Toowoomba Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers said he was delighted with the strength of acceptances for the annual race meeting.

“It’s also with the support of Racing Queensland, who have had the foresight to expand this weekend’s meeting. It will make Saturday the largest and richest ever conducted at Clifford Park.

“The previous prize money record was $750,000 in 2015 – the growth in two years shows the strength of the Weetwood carnival,” Mr Odgers said.

The good news for the 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba race day continues, with early bird ticketing sales up 25 percent on 2016.

“Tickets are still available for all function spaces – including the Audi Centre Toowoomba VIP Grande Marquee, the GC Event Hire Fashion Passport and the J.J. Atkins reserved members’ dining,” Mr Odgers said.

For all Weetwood ticketing and dining packages, please visit the dedicated website, www.weetwood.com.au


WEETWOOD EVENTS AT A GLANCE:

Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch – Friday, April 7

Queensland rugby league legend Alfie Langer will feature as guest speaker at the revamped Calcutta – now a sportsman’s lunch, to be held in the Wippells Autos Grande Marquee at Clifford Park. Hear Alfie’s cheeky story, together with your chance to perhaps cash-in big by selecting the winner of the Weetwood. Tickets $85 per person. To purchase Calcutta tickets, please call Clifford Park 4634 6066.

Posted by: In: Weetwood 04 Apr 2017 0 comments

WEETWOOD BRINGS LOCAL ECONOMIC BENEFITS

TOOWOOMBA’S largest race day of the year – the 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood – is expected to bring almost $800,000 into the local economy.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, April 8, is also worth over $1 million to the Queensland State economy.

These numbers, taken from an economic impact study conducted by the Toowoomba Turf Club at last year’s Weetwood, are encouraging, according to TTC Chairman Kent Woodford.

“Last year, just over 5,000 people from across southeast Queensland and beyond attended the Weetwood.

“Our biggest race day of the year is something we are very proud of … and we are proud that it delivers significant money to the local economy,” Mr Woodford said.

TTC Chief Executive Blair Odgers echoed Mr Woodford’s enthusiasm about this year’s event.

“The Toowoomba Turf Club conducts Queensland’s largest thoroughbred training facility. It constantly produces race winners – including both of last year’s feature races, the Weetwood and the Toowoomba Cup.

“Toowoomba horse trainers’ success can be measured simply by looking at any race results from across Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and beyond,” Mr Odgers said.

Cr Geoff McDonald, of the Toowoomba Region, showed his and the council’s continued support of the annual event.

“The Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood has been the flagship event for the Toowoomba Turf Club for over 125 years. Not only is the Weetwood a celebration of one of our largest employers in the equine industry but it is a real economic powerhouse event for the region.

“With over 5,000 attendees last year and pumping over three-quarters of a million dollars into our local economy the Weetwood is evolving into a week-long sprinkling of associated events.
“The national exposure of the Weetwood attracts many visitors from outside our region and they stay overnight in paid accommodation, will eat out at cafes and restaurants and spend money at retail outlets.

“The Weetwood is a great excuse for a new outfit and to get some friends together for a day of fun, fashion and entertainment with an exciting programme of activities and celebrity guests to rub shoulders with,” Cr McDonald said.

Weetwood Week events at a glance:

• Ladbrokes Weetwood Corporate Golf Day – Monday, April 3, at City Golf Club. An 18-hole four-person Ambrose event featuring a chance to win an Audi vehicle with a hole-in-one.

• Breakfast With The Weetwood Stars – Tuesday April 4, at Clifford Park. A free community barbecue event. The Browns Office Choice Weetwood School Colour Competition will also be judged that morning.

• Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Barrier Draw – Wednesday April 5, at CBD dining hotspot The Walton Stores.

• Weetwood Racing Mass – Wednesday April 5, at Clifford Park.

• Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch – Friday, April 7, at Clifford Park. Featuring legendary Queensland footballers Alfie Langer and Steve Walters and racing identity Bart Sinclair as guest speakers, together with Brisbane comedian Rob Brown.

Mr Odgers reiterated that the Weetwood is a community event.

“We have ensured the raceday and associated Weetwood events encompass everyone – from our newest racing enthusiasts, through to our most seasoned followers. We encourage the community to embrace all things Weetwood,” Mr Odgers said.

Ticketing is on sale and can be viewed by visiting www.weetwood.com.au

Posted by: In: Weetwood 27 Mar 2017 0 comments

TALL TALES FROM SPORTS STARS AT LADBROKES WEETWOOD CALCUTTA SPORTSMAN’S LUNCH

THERE will be a distinct Queensland flavour to this year’s revamped Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta event.

Legendary Queensland footballers – and tall tale technicians – Allan “Alfie” Langer and Steve Walters will go toe-to-toe on a panel alongside respect racing journalist Bart Sinclair at the now-lunchtime event at Clifford Park on Friday, April 7.

The panel will be moderated by Ladbrokes Media Manager Roger Oldridge, who will quiz the trio on their respective careers – each with their own tall tales to tell.

Toowoomba Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers said the panel would be highly entertaining for those attending the annual event and great value with four entertaining speakers.

“The pairing of Alfie Langer and his former teammate Steve Walters will prove a hit – I hear they have a great rapport and even better stories to tell,” Mr Odgers said.

“They are both Ipswich boys and I’m sure we’ll hear some stories that haven’t been heard before.

“Alfie and Steve will be joined on the panel by much-respected former racing journalist Bart Sinclair – the son of a top jockey and Stradbroke Handicap-winning trainer. He is one of the best- known and most respected racing media personalities in Australia and has a deep passion for the sport,” Mr Odgers said.

The crowd will also be entertained by respected Brisbane comedian Rob Brown, who has spent time working as a maxiumum-security prison officer and worked security and training security officers overseas.

Mr Odgers said the Calcutta event was popular each year. Those attending the event will be able to purchase Calcutta tickets which could see them selecting the winning of the Weetwood and taking home a sizeable winner’s purse. Tickets are $5 each and are on sale at Clifford Park and also at the Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta event.

Tickets for the Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch are $85 per person and can be purchased by calling Clifford Park on 4634 6066 or online at www.weetwood.com.au

For all other ticketing and dining packages for the 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood, please visit www.weetwood.com.au

WEETWOOD WEEK EVENTS AT A GLANCE:

Breakfast With The Weetwood Stars – Tuesday, April 4
Clifford Park’s annual free community breakfast event where visitors can see last minute preparations for the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood. Winners of the Browns Office Choice Weetwood School Horse Colour Competition will also be announced. Free pony rides, animal farm, face painting and more.

Barrier Draw – Wednesday, April 5
Local dining hot-spot, The Walton Stores, will play host to this year’s all-important Barrier Draw for both the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap and the Toowoomba Cup. See the stars of the track – trainers and jockeys – choose their barrier that will seal from which barrier they start Toowoomba’s two biggest races of the year.

Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch – Friday, April 7

Queensland rugby league legend Alfie Langer will feature as guest speaker at the revamped Calcutta – now a sportsman’s lunch, to be held in the Wippells Autos Grande Marquee at Clifford Park. Hear Alfie’s cheeky story, together with your chance to perhaps cash-in big by selecting the winner of the Weetwood. Tickets $85 per person. To purchase Calcutta tickets, please call Clifford Park 4634 6066.

Posted by: In: Weetwood 06 Mar 2017 0 comments

2017 WEETWOOD OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

The Toowoomba Turf Club today officially launched the 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood, Toowoomba’s most prestigious racing event on Saturday April 8.
The Audi Centre Toowoomba was again affirmed as the major partner and it was only fitting the local dealership showcased the reveal of events associated with this year’s Weetwood carnival.

In addition to the time-honoured Weetwood raceday, the Toowoomba Turf Club (TTC) announced that it will again deliver a week of festivities – “Weetwood Week” – that exhibits all things great about this city’s long-standing community event.

Weetwood Week will tee off on Saturday April 1 with the Weetwood Gala – “Toowoomba’s social evening of the year” – a luxurious evening at Clifford Park benefiting local powerhouse charity, It’s A Bloke Thing.

The Ladbrokes Weetwood Golf Day will take place on Monday, April 3, where players can mix it with the stars of Weetwood at the City Golf Club. The 18-hole four-person Ambrose event also features a chance to win an Audi vehicle with a hole-in-one on a selected hole.

The following morning, on Tuesday April 4, Clifford Park will host the annual Breakfast with the Weetwood Stars. This free community event will enable guests to soak up all the trackside action, while watching the Weetwood stars complete their final track gallop and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the trainers and jockeys. The Browns Office Choice Weetwood School Colour Competition will also be judged across the 11 Darling Downs-based primary schools that have participated in the annual Weetwood in the Community initiative.

The Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Barrier Draw will be held on Wednesday April 5 at CBD dining hotspot The Walton Stores and is a must-attend event for those with a passion for racing, as the barriers are drawn that could determine the fate of the Weetwood contenders.

The traditional Weetwood Racing Mass will be carried out the same evening, Wednesday April 5, with Father McGinley, who will bless the track, horses, jockeys and trainers in the lead-up to Weetwood.

On the eve of Toowoomba’s premier raceday, the revamped and much-anticipated Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch will be conducted at Clifford Park, featuring legendary Queensland footballer Alfie Langer as guest speaker. Guests will also have the chance to draw the winner of the 2017 Audi Centre Weetwood Handicap while enjoying a “long lunch” with mates.

All the associated Weetwood Week events culminate on Saturday April 8, with the city’s annual social event, the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood.

TTC Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers felt the launch provided an in-depth snapshot of what the community can expect for the 2017 Weetwood carnival.

“The Weetwood is a community event and we have ensured the raceday and associated Weetwood events encompass everyone – from our newest racing enthusiasts, through to our most seasoned followers.

“We encourage the community to embrace all things Weetwood and appreciate one of the longest sprint handicaps in Australia, an achievement that, as a community, we should be very proud of,” Mr Odgers said.

Ticketing and hospitality packages are on sale and can be viewed by visiting www.weetwood.com.au

Posted by: In: Weetwood 15 Feb 2017 0 comments

KRIS SMITH ATTENDING WEETWOOD

MODEL Kris Smith will jump out of the African jungle and into a suit for the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood on Saturday, April 8.

The hunky TV presenter and current star of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here has confirmed he will attend Clifford Park’s biggest racing event of the year after he exits the jungle, thanks to Create Home Loans in Toowoomba.

Smith, a former UK rugby league star and Myer fashion ambassador, loves attending racing events, often spotted in Sydney and Melbourne.

Smith will be based in the GC Event Hire Fashion Passport Marquee function, thanks to the team at Create Home Loans. He will feature as one of the judges for this year’s Hannas Fashions On The Field, alongside 2017 Face Of Weetwood Robyn Carter, 2016 Fashions On The Field winner Karen Wade and Brisbane milliner Pam Cameron.

The GC Event Hire Fashion Passport Marquee is a stunning, silk-lined marquee overlooking the mounting yard and is adjacent to the Hannas Fashions On The Field stage.

Tickets for this function space and others for Weetwood day and associated Weetwood Week events – including the Audi Centre Toowoomba VIP Grande Marquee, the VIP Chairman’s Lounge and more – are on sale now. The dedicated Weetwood site can be found at www.weetwood.com.au

Toowoomba Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers encouraged racegoers to purchase their tickets for the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood early to avoid disappointment.

“We are delighted to have Kris Smith as our special celebrity guest for the GC Event Hire Fashion Passport Marquee and thrilled that Hannas are back on board as our major partner for Weetwood’s Fashions On The Field.

“Clifford Park is also excited to welcome Queensland rugby league legend Alfie Langer as guest speaker for our revamped Ladbrokes Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch on Friday, April 7.

“This year’s Weetwood is again part of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and the TTC are buoyed by the success of last year’s event.

“The Weetwood is a community event and we have ensured the race day and associated Weetwood events feature something for everyone – from our newest racing enthusiasts, through to our most-seasoned followers.

“We encourage the community to embrace all things Weetwood and appreciate one of the longest spring handicaps in Australia – an achievement that, as a community, we should be very proud of,” Mr Odgers said.

For all ticketing and dining packages, please visit the dedicated Weetwood website, www.weetwood.com.au.


WEETWOOD EVENTS AT A GLANCE:


Weetwood Gala – Saturday, April 1

A night of elegance and decadence with amazing live entertainment and the very best gourmet canapes and beverages. Beneficiary of the evening is It’s A Bloke Thing. Tickets $199 per person.

Ladbrokes Weetwood Corporate Golf Day – Monday, April 3
Four-person Ambrose, 18-hole event at City Golf Club. Shotgun start at 12 noon. To play, $95 per person, to book your spot, contact Lizzy King at Clifford Park on 4634 6066.

Breakfast With The Weetwood Stars – Tuesday, April 4

Clifford Park’s annual free community breakfast event where visitors can see last minute preparations for the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood. Winners of the Browns Office Choice Weetwood School Horse Colour Competition will also be announced. Free pony rides, animal farm, face painting and more.

Barrier Draw – Wednesday, April 5

Local dining hot-spot, The Walton Stores, will play host to this year’s all-important Barrier Draw for both the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap and the Toowoomba Cup. See the stars of the track – trainers and jockeys – choose their barrier that will seal from which barrier they start Toowoomba’s two biggest races of the year.

Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch – Friday, April 7

Queensland rugby league legend Alfie Langer will feature as guest speaker at the revamped Calcutta – now a sportsman’s lunch, to be held in the Wippells Autos Grande Marquee at Clifford Park. Hear Alfie’s cheeky story, together with your chance to perhaps cash-in big by selecting the winner of the Weetwood. Tickets $85 per person. To purchase Calcutta tickets, please call Clifford Park 4634 6066.

Posted by: In: Weetwood 08 Feb 2017 0 comments

WEETWOOD 2017 PIN & WIN CHARITY PARTNER ANNOUNCED

THE countdown to Weetwood 2017 is officially on. The announcements and activities for Toowoomba’s biggest race day of the year have begun and will roll out over the next few months.
The first Clifford Park announcement for Toowoomba’s favourite race is:

“It’s A Bloke Thing Foundation” has been chosen as the charity partner for Weetwood’s 2017 Pin & Win.

Toowoomba Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers said the partnership was sure to be a winner.

“The team behind the It’s a Bloke Thing Foundation is incredible – a force to be reckoned with. Clifford Park is excited to partner with them for next year’s Weetwood.”
The Weetwood Pin & Win promotion is part of Clifford Park’s community engagement strategy for the club’s biggest race day of the year.

“The It’s a Bloke Thing team will be selling pins in the lead-up to Weetwood with all proceeds from the campaign donated back to the Foundation – we encourage everyone to get on board to support this wonderful cause,” Mr Odgers said.

It’s A Bloke Thing has, in six years, become a major power-player on the local fundraising scene, raising more than $4 million to fund prostate cancer research, men’s health education and in 2016 funded Toowoomba’s first specialist prostate cancer nurse. The It’s a Bloke Thing Prostate Cancer annual luncheon has become the largest daytime fundraising event in Queensland attracting people from all over Australia and raising more than $1million each year.

Gary Gardner, It’s a Bloke Thing Foundation Chairman, attributes the event’s success to the support from local and interstate businesses and the local community.

“Each year we are blown away by the support we receive from the Darling Downs community. Prostate cancer does not discriminate with 3,300 men dying from the disease each year and 20,000 cases diagnosed annually in Australia alone. We are very excited to partner with Clifford Park for Weetwood 2017 to raise vital funds to support finding a cure,” Mr Gardner said.

Look out for It’s A Bloke Thing volunteers selling Weetwood pins around the region, including at “The Longest Over” luncheon on Thursday, December 8 at Wellcamp Airport, featuring West Indian cricket legend, Sir Garfield Sobers.