Men of League on winner with race day

AFTER less than a year of operation the North Coast chapter of the Men Of League foundation shows signs of becoming the most successful in Australia.

More than 500 members and guests attended the inaugural Coffs Coast race day that Men Of League national chairman Ron Coote and CEO Martin Cook described as the best they'd attended.

“It justified the decision to make the Coffs race day the big one each year for the local racing association instead of scattering them around,” North Coast branch president Peter Barrett said.

“There was an outstanding effort from all the committee, especially by our Nambucca group headed by Gary Johnson and the Woolgoolga contingent led by Des Hunt.

“We all should be proud of this achievement as it was our goal to make it an annual event.

“Coffs Harbour Racing Club are champions at holding a big day and function manager Simon made feeding 500 people look so easy.”

Among the guests were an estimated two dozen former State of Origin and Kangaroos representative players.

Continuing the racing theme, special guest ‘Miracle Mal' Johnston entertained the crowd with tales of his great career as a champion jockey.

“One of the guests was ex-jockey Michael Clarke who won the Melbourne Cup on At Talaq and used to ride Better Loosen Up,” Barrett said.

“He's a good mate of Mal's and couldn't wait to get to the luncheon.

“We're growing fast by not restricting ourselves just to rugby league and the entire community can get involved.”

The organisation will meet on December 2 at Sawtell RSL Club to plan the next social function.

And with the bank balance becoming even healthier, Barrett expects the chapter will be able to further expand the foundation's commitment to welfare work in the community.

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