Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the hugely successful family event would once again be held in partnership with Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising awareness about organ and tissue donation.
“This is a fantastic chance for children and families to participate in one of Melbourne’s best Easter egg hunts, raise important funds for a great cause and take in the excitement of the races,” Dr Napthine said.
Ernest Hillier Chocolates have generously donated 500,000 Easter eggs which are up for grabs through a series of egg hunts for different age groups in a designated area on the course.
Jockeys will also take part in the action, joining the children in the hunt and being available for photos.
To add to the excitement of the day, the Easter Bunny will be on hand to entertain the crowd and Camp Australia will provide a range of children’s activities, including:
- face painting;
- Easter bonnet making;
- tug of war;
- a giant earthball;
- bocce and quoits throwing;
- inflatable blue lagoon;
- inflatable climbing wall;
- combat challenge; and
- pony rides.
Admission to the Raceday is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children 13 years of age and under.This includes a $5.00 donation to Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation and a bucket to collect Easter eggs.
Parents of children who register for the Easter egg hunt will receive a complimentary racebook and a free double-pass to attend a future Melbourne Racing Club Raceday.
CEO of Melbourne Racing Club, Brodie Arnhold said Melbourne’s Greatest Easter Egg Hunt event had been extremely popular since its inception in 2012.
“Providing quality entertainment experiences like this at race meetings not only benefits the local community, but is vital to the success of racing clubs. Its success is largely due to the contribution from the Victorian Government,” Mr Arnhold said.
The Victorian Coalition Government has provided $40,111 towards the event through the Raceday Attraction Program, with the Melbourne Racing Club contributing $27,882 and Hilliers Chocolates kindly donating $50,000 worth of Easter eggs.
Dr Napthine said the Coalition Government’s Raceday Attraction Program, derived from on-course wagering taxes, was focused on increasing attendances at thoroughbred, harness and greyhound Racedays and nights particularly through partnering with local communities and organisations.
For information on Melbourne’s Greatest Ever Easter Egg Hunt, call Melbourne Racing Club on (03) 9257 7200 or visit www.melbourneracingclub.net.au