Pig Day Out as piggies run for charity at Tea Gardens Country Club

Youth TGHN Surf Life Saving Club members with SLSC President Andrew Eden (LHS) and Junior Coordinator Amanda Osmond (RHS).

RACING for charity took on novel meaning at the Charity Pig Race Day, held once again at the Tea Gardens Country Club on Easter Saturday, 8 April.

It was a great pig day out for everyone, with clowns, face painting, a mechanical bull, and the star attraction of the porcine prowess from Noah’s Thoroughbred Racing Pigs, with proceeds going to the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) and Variety.

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The pigs and their performance formed the basis of a series of raffles and auctions, the main beneficiaries of which were the youth of the SLSC.

“These Country Club pig races are the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the Life Savers,” Amanda Osmond, who has been Junior Activities Coordinator at the SLSC for the past five years, told NOTA.

“This year the funds will help construct a purpose-built shed for our Youth, who are Life Savers out of Nippers but not yet adults,” Ms Osmond added.

At the time of printing, the Pig Races had raised $8000 for the SLSC.

“This is the fourth year we’ve run the pigs at Tea Gardens, after losing a year to COVID,” said pig handler Jeff Bakon (yes, that is his actual name, he provided ID to prove it), from Warwick, who has been running thoroughbred piggies for eight years.

“We hand feed them from four weeks of age, and they will have a racing career of about three months,” Mr Bakon explained, adding that the six-race card was the first outing for the seven cute little maiden racers.

The maiden racers had a little trouble navigating the loop, however, once they found the official finish (a tray of milk), the porcine prancers clambered for the creamy goodness as the large crowd of pig-punters erupted in cheers.

While the seven porky pacers are yet to be named, a few onlookers suggested some meaty monikers, including ‘Amy Swinehouse’, ‘Peter Porker’, ‘EinSwine’, ‘Ham Solo’, ‘Chewbacon’, ‘Hamlet’, and, of course, ‘Sooey’.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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