By JACINTA CUMMINS, sponsored by Senex
THERE were two kinds of caravans flowing in and out of the Wandoan Showgrounds over the weekend – the camel kind and the camping kind.
Thousands of people had descended on the town for the annual Wandoan Camel Races, which is the local kindergarten’s only fundraiser for the year.
Punters came from Cairns in the north, Warwick in the south, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in the east and from the far west for the biannual event.
The Senex Sips Under The Sun VIP Marquee sold out in late July with 325 people filling it.
Wandoan Kindergarten president Courtney Turvey said the committee was grateful to Senex for its sponsorship.
“For a small regional committee to host such a large occasion truly is a feat and Senex’s support really helped us deliver a first-class experience for both tourists and locals,” Courtney said.
“It is easy to underestimate the fine details and heavy work duties that go into pulling off a great event like the camel races.
“Our volunteers donate hours of their time and energy, but the sponsorships are what equip them to do what they do.”
Senex community relations manager Trevor Robertson said Senex was delighted to be part of the races for the second time running.
“The camel races play to the sustainability and vibrancy of the Wandoan Community and its exceptional leaders,” he said.
“This is about more than just raising funds for the kindy.
“It’s also about attracting people from far and wide to this wonderful town and the extra revenue it generates for local businesses.
“Senex is proud to partner with the Wandoan Kindy to deliver quality events which have long-lasting benefits.”
Mrs Turvey said the event was very well received, with positive media coverage and feedback for what was a great family day out.
“I would like to acknowledge the previous Wandoan Kindergarten president Dani Blanchard, who was indeed Queen of the Camels and led our small team in the months leading up to Saturday.
“The funds raised will make a significant difference in the classroom and allow us to continue to build the five-decade legacy of the Wandoan kindy.
“This mean we can not only retain our amazing staff but also attract other experienced educators and purchase resources which help unlock our kids’ imaginations, inviting them to explore the world around them.”
Given that the 2019 Camel Cup was claimed by Victorian jockey Kate Norman, the crowd went wild when Wandoan jockey Kaleb Stolzenberg brought it back home with his win on Wandoan Lad.
This was Wandoan Lad’s only win on the day.
Kaleb donated his $500 prize back to the kindergarten.