Echuca Harness Club set to host bushfire appeal on Pacing Cup night

By Brayden May

ECHUCA Harness Racing Club is set to use the biggest day on its calendar to help animals affected by the bushfire crisis crippling the country.

While the Echuca Pacing Cup may be the centre of attention on Friday, February 7, the bigger focus will be trying to raise money for animals in affected communities.

The team led by Lou Iannacone will combine with Lindsay Elliott from Berwick, near Melbourne, to secure funding for medicine to help animals with their recovery.

Lou said he and his team were hopeful of seeing plenty of people at the track.

“With the Southern 80 on the same weekend, we think it's a great opportunity to attract not just locals but also visitors to the area,” he said.

“It's heartbreaking to see what people and animals have gone through in the past weeks.

“I've had a family member in Belgium who has called me because of the pictures they've seen and it just shows how devastating these fires have been.

“We are only a small group of people but we're hopeful of being able to make a difference.

“We want those communities to know that we are thinking of them.”

Studio 31 is set to provide the musical entertainment for the evening, playing late into the evening after all the racing has been completed.

There is also set to be a waterslide and ice-cream van on site which will make for a family friendly atmosphere.

Patrons will be asked for a donation at the gate to cover entry.