About 3,000 punters, families and grey nomads from as far away as the Hunter Valley, the Gold Coast and Brisbane enjoyed the Wandoan Camel Races last weekend.
The event is the annual fundraiser for the Wandoan Kindergarten. Senex Energy sponsored the sold-out Lunch On The Lawn, at which more than 440 people dined in trackside marquees with a cocktail bar and live music.
P&C President Dani Blanchard said the funds raised would help the kindergarten replace its fence, expand its sustainable garden and pay wages and insurances.
“It was absolutely fantastic to see how far people travelled after hearing what a great day it was last year,” Mrs Blanchard said. “Word of mouth is spreading, which has really boosted our numbers for the camel races.”
Kate Norman, a veterinarian from country Victoria, took out the Wandoan Camel Cup on Blinx.
Senex Energy Community Relations Manager Trevor Robertson said the business was pleased to be able to support such a vibrant event.
“A lot of people came from a long way away to be part of the local community for the day,” Mr Robertson said. “Events like this benefit all of Wandoan. The money raised not only supports the kindergarten but also local businesses such as the town’s motels, which were all booked out.”
The Lunch on the Lawn lucky door prize of a night’s accommodation and dinner for two at the Bushlander Motel was won by a Brisbane couple who are already planning their return to Wandoan.
“Events like the camel races bring communities together and Senex Energy is proud to have played a part,” Mr Robertson said.
Pictures from the event are below: