The money’s in pig rac­ing at fam­ily fun day

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Tim Howard tim.howard@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

THE CHANCE to make some money from rac­ing pigs has been the se­cret to the suc­cess of the Iluka Woom­bah Ro­tary Club’s fam­ily fun day.

Event or­gan­iser Graeme Lock­yer said more than 300 had turned up at the Iluka Bowl­ing Club’s out­door area for the fun day by the time rac­ing started at noon.

“It’s been bet­ter than last year,” Mr Lock­yer said. “We’d have around 300 now and more will come through the af­ter­noon.”

He said the Ro­tary Club had taken a risk this year and de­layed the fun day by a week, putting it at the end of the peak hol­i­day pe­riod in the vil­lage.

“Peo­ple are start­ing to leave by now, so we weren’t sure how it would go this time,” he said.

“But the proof’s of the pud­ding’s here. We’ve got a great crowd and it’s pretty ob­vi­ous it’s the piglet rac­ing that’s the main draw­card.”

Self-con­fessed pig whis­perer, Kevin Ki­ley, has been tak­ing his pig rac­ing show to char­ity events up and down the Aus­tralian east coast for the past 17 years.

“I’ve never done an ac­cu­rate tally, but as a rough es­ti­mate I would say we’ve raised about $3 mil­lion for char­ity in that time,” he said.

“We’ve trav­elled up and down be­tween Cairns and Ho­bart, mostly work­ing from Jan­uary to Novem­ber.”

Mr Ki­ley said a trip to the NSW South Coast vil­lage of Tathra dur­ing the New Year pe­riod was a break from tra­di­tion, which proved lu­cra­tive.

“The Tathra Lions Club grossed $56,000 from the event, which is pretty good go­ing in any­one’s money,” he said.

Mr Lock­yer praised the com­mu­nity’s sup­port of the fun day.

“We’re a club with 16 mem­bers, but we’ve turned out to­day with 30 helpers. That says it all,” he said.

PHOTO: TIM HOWARD

PIG WHIS­PERER: Piglet rac­ing caller and auc­tion­eer Kevin Ki­ley in full voice at Iluka on Sun­day for the piglet races, which were the main at­trac­tion for the Iluka Woom­bah Ro­tary Club's Fun Day.

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