Breeders to Help Bushfire Victims

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The Australian breeding industry will support those affected by bush fires with vendors at this week’s Magic Millions sale donating $500 for every horse sold.

As fires rage across much of the country, including in prominent breeding areas such as the NSW Southern Highlands, breeders have decided to make a contribution as they gather on the Gold Coast.

The money will be deducted from the sale price and donated to charities that support the victims of the fires.

“A lot of vendors were talking about what we could do to help those who need it the most and there was overwhelming support when this idea was discussed,” said Tom Reilly, chief executive of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA).

With more than 800 horses catalogued in the sale it is hoped the initiative can raise well in excess of $300,000.

Basil Nolan, President of TBA said: “I think this is a great effort as many of the vendors have had a very tough time in recent years with drought and many have been dealing with fires themselves.

“The industry is a real community and everybody I’ve spoken with wanted to do something. You cannot look at what’s going on and not be affected by it.”

The money will be donated immediately after the sale and be directed at those charities that help victims of the crisis.

The TBA announcement comes as Magic Millions and its sponsor, The Star Gold Coast, both committed $50,000 to the bush fire relief.