The race is on to help fund Crime Stoppers' major role
IPSWICH'S Crime Stoppers Committee is preparing for the year's most important fundraiser.
Bundamba Racetrack will host the organisation's annual race day on Friday, July 19, which raises funds for the promotion of the Crime Stoppers hotline and the rewards fund.
The event attracts up to 300 race-goers, including a large contingent of the Ipswich police force, their family and friends.
Crime Stoppers committee member Cr Andrew Antoniolli said it was the largest mid-week event held at the turf club.
"The race day fundraiser has been happening since 2007 and is going from strength to strength," Cr Antoniolli said.
"Tickets always sell fast - we like to refer to it as the Ipswich Cup without the crowds, and the best Friday afternoon off you'll ever have."
Gates will open at 11.30am on the day of the event, which features Fashions on the Field and a buffet in addition to the trackside action.
Cr Antoniolli said Crime Stoppers was often the key to solving some of Queensland's worst crimes.
"Without organisations like Crime Stoppers, some very serious crimes may never have been solved," he said.
Since 1989 information received through Crime Stoppers Queensland has resulted in more than 24,377 offenders arrested and about 64,500 charges laid.
This included the solving of 21 murders and 20 attempted murders, and the seizure of more than $611 million worth of drugs and $3.5 million in proceeds of crime.
Any person that provides information to Crime Stoppers could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000, which Cr Antoniolli said was why events like the race day were vital to the effectiveness of the community volunteer organisation. To book tickets, contact Cr Antoniolli on 3810 6224 or 0419 025 407.