St. Joseph's Race Night ~ Including Photos from the evening.

On Friday 20th February St. Joseph's held their very first "Race Night" in the Parish Hall.
The evening was very well attended and a total of £870 was raised. The money was raised by ticket sales, sponsoring of all the races, buying a horse, betting throughout the night, and through various
kind donations. Every horse was sold prior to the evening and every race was kindly sponsored.

The monies raised will be split equally between two charities:

"The Canon Zollo Fund" which is for the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust. This will be used to send a handicapped child to Lourdes week next year. Click here to view the website for HCPT
CAFOD - Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - Click here for their website

Everyone enjoyed the evening and have commented saying the evening was a lot of fun. Everyone got very excited shouting their horse to the winning post.
You will notice from the photos below their were often queues of people collecting their winnings, it seemed that everyone wanted to bet on Fr. Pats horse and it kept winning!!
I wonder if we would be so lucky if we went along with him to a race meeting in Newbury!!

For every race the owner of the winning horse won either a bottle of Whiskey or a bottle of Gin, it was a good incentive to buy a horse!

I am sure you would agree in saying a massive thank you to everyone who was involved in making the race night such a fantastic and successful evening, a lot of hard work went into organizing the event
and I am sure that we will see another event like this in due course.

Below are some photographs taken during the evening, click on the photo to view a larger image.

I certainly enjoyed the evening, and although I didn't win very much I did win a bottle of Gin, as I owned a horse aptly named Fr. Pat!


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The Tote all ready and waiting for business!!
Pick your prize bottle!
And they are off ....
The first lucky horse owner
to collect his prize
The punters eagerly watch their horse!
Fr. Pat knows how to pick his horses, another winning owner!!
Fr. Pats winning horse meant a
long queue at the Tote for the
  Waiting patiently for the next race!
And finally the youngest winner of the night!!