Church backs first race meet

MOST people don't associate church with a day out at the races, but now maybe they might.

The Good Shepherd Parish is holding a fundraiser tomorrow at the first race meet of the year, aiming to attract a younger crowd and engage people who may have never before considered getting involved.

Organiser Chrissy Sonego said the day was open to everyone, even if they hadn't been involved with church before.

"It's our first one and it's raising money for the parish which does such good work in the community," she said.

"We originally discussed it with Father Mick, it was his idea, and thought it would be a good idea to encourage community spirit and get young and new people involved."

She said the fundraiser was something different to what they had done previously, and something far from what was expected of a parish.

"The first race day of the year has always been a teachers' race day in the past so we've taken the opportunity to hire out the members area and have our own fundraiser with the theme A Touch of Class," Ms Sonego said.

"It's a nice chance to meet some new people, dress up and have a good day out at the races."

She said the organisation had sold more than 100 of the allocated 120 tickets, so anyone late to the mark would need to get in today to get their spot.

"There will be tables outside and an area inside, it's just mingling and some entertainment, we'll be serving canapes as well," she said.

Tickets for the function are $40 per person, including entry to the race day, food, entertainment and lucky door prize entry.

The event will start at 1pm at the Mount Isa Race Club members area and tickets can be purchased today from the Good Shepherd Parish.

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