An excellent spring day of racing was complimented by raffles, auctions and other fundrasing that resulted in one of the largest fundraising totals from the annual Race Day in recent years.
The club has joined forces with Learning Links to develop the centre, which will focus on a wide range of issues linked to children's health and wellbeing. The centre is planned to be built on club land on Francis St following approval by the membership at last year's Annual General Meeting.
The partnership between the two organisations was also formalised at the Charity Race Day with a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties - the first step towards the eventual construction of the centre.
Learning Links is a not for profit organisation established in 1972 that assists children with learning difficulties with the skills, services and family support that enable them to reach their potential. They deliver a wide range of free programs and services that improve children's literacy, numeracy and wellbeing in schools throughout NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. They also assist with the professional development of early childhood teachers, child care workers and therapists so that they may support children with learning support needs. For a number of years, they have been conducting Charity Housie at the club in order to raise money for this and other purposes.
The childcare centre planned for Richmond will differ from centres in the Hawkesbury, providing an inclusive environment with an increased number of places for children with a disability. Trained staff will offer specialist early intervention services linked to a range of issues including health, learning and social and emotional wellbeing, as well as consulting rooms for visiting medical and psycholgical experts.
Richmond Club Chairman Geoff Luscombe noted that clubs such as Richmond Club are well placed in the community to deliver these types of services in his address on the day.
'It is envisaged that Learning Links will also partner with other clubs to help build this type of infrastructure and provision of vital services in other local communities,' he said.
'Richmond Club is already recognised in this way with our involvement in aged care through Hawkesbury Living.'
Construction of the child care centre in Richmond is scheduled to begin in the coming year once development approval is granted.