Santa's Workshop has arrived in time for Christmas at The Valley

Santa's Workshop opens at The Valley this Christmas

The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) is delighted to launch Santa’s Workshop at The Valley tomorrow and extends a warm welcome this festive season to the local community, MVRC Members, guests and racegoers to give a gift this Christmas to those in need.

Santa’s Workshop will officially open trackside at The Valley when gates open tomorrow at 11.25am and will be open throughout December, so we ask that everyone comes out and experiences the true meaning of Christmas by donating a gift in support of the Helping Hands Mission and The Smith Family.

“We are calling for donations to be delivered to Santa’s Workshop this festive season to support local families who experience hardship this Christmas,” said Russell Higgins, MVRC’s Community Engagement Manager.

“While Christmas is meant to be a time of great joy and happiness, for many it is a stark reminder of the hardship they face on a daily basis, so for the Club to play a small part in bringing some Christmas cheer to families in need through Santa’s Workshop, then we are delighted to do that.

“I implore all donations, big or small, to be dropped off at Santa’s Workshop here at The Valley and we will make sure the Helping Hands Mission and The Smith Family receive them before December 25,” said Higgins.

The Smith Family is a children's charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. The Moonee Valley Racing club is a chosen location for The Smith Families Toy and Book Appeal.

Helping Hands Mission Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that runs seven opportunity shops across Melbourne and rural Victoria, and provides emergency support to Victorian families and individuals who are suffering as a result of extreme circumstances.

Maddy Kirby, Communications Manager – Helping Hands Mission, is delighted to be working with the MVRC on the Santa’s Workshop initiative.

“At Helping Hands Mission, the majority of our work happens right here in the Moonee Valley area, helping the most vulnerable members of our community get back on their feet through our food, material, and employment programs,” said Kirby.

“We are excited to be working with MVRC and appreciate the opportunity to increase donation levels over the Christmas period through Santa’s Workshop.

Christmas is a really tough time of year for many people, and attendees at The Valley who choose to donate to Helping Hands Mission are directly supporting those who need our help the most.

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