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Living Legends celebrates a much-needed boost on the Horses’ Birthday

Living Legends has received a six-figure boost following its second annual Horses’ Birthday fundraiser, with matched donations passing the $100,000 mark.

The funding comes at a crucial time for the charitable organisation, which is feeling the financial impact of the double wave of COVID-19 restrictions.

CEO & Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, said fundraising can be challenging even in good times, but the idea of asking the public for help this year was a daunting one.

“We were nervous about running a fundraiser in a pandemic, when we know it’s not just us struggling, it’s everyone. But in the end we had to try, because we know we need to do everything we can to ensure Living Legends stays strong beyond this current crisis,” Dr Clarke said.

In 2019, the Horses’ Birthday campaign raised over $91,000 and Living Legends set this year’s target at $80,000. 

“Once we hit our initial target the donations kept on coming, and we’re proud and humbled to have raised over $100,000. The support we’ve received in the last few days demonstrates just how treasured our Living Legends are, and what our work means to the community.” 

“A huge thank you to everyone who gave, no matter how small or large, everyone who tuned in and wished our boys a happy birthday live on Facebook, and everyone who simply shared the campaign if donating was not an option.”

“We’d also like to make special mention of our matching supporters – Sportsbet and 4CYTE – along with Racing.com and Moonee Valley Racing Club for the awareness raised through Saturday’s raceday and broadcast. It would not have happened without a huge team effort and this amazing result will help us weather the current storm and come out stronger,” Dr Clarke said.

View the campaign results here.

About Living Legends

Living Legends - The International Home of Rest for Champion Horses Inc. has been established to bring retired champion racehorses back to the public. We’re based at Woodlands Homestead in Woodlands Historic Park, only 6 minutes north of Melbourne Airport and about 20 km north-west of the Melbourne city centre. Living Legends is a unique, picturesque location for a family outing or day trip. Come and visit the Living Legends in their paddocks, see the wild kangaroos, explore the homestead, or just enjoy the magnificent gardens and abundant parklands. We are also an ideal venue for functions and events, including corporate functions, meetings and weddings. To keep tabs on Living Legends, make sure to like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @LivingLegendsAU.

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