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Oakbank Week 2020 – a letter from the Oakbank Racing Club Chair

17/03/2020

We wanted you to be the first to know that due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Oakbank Racing Clubs April events will now be no-spectator events following a decision by Thoroughbred Racing SA in consultation with our team at Oakbank Racing Club.

As racing fans and Oakbank faithfuls, you are invited to host online viewing parties from home via our industry partner racing.com or at your favourite venue on April 5,8 & 11 to celebrate Easter 2020 in spirit, then we would love you to transfer or book your tickets to be trackside to celebrate Christmas with us this December.

This hard decision follows the Australian Government’s advice that all non-essential organised mass gatherings of more than 500 should be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 situation.

As the Club Chairperson, I wanted to write to you personally to advise that it was a difficult decision to make, but the right one in the circumstances for the safety of everyone.

As ticket holders you can organise refunds via Eventbrite or contact us at the club to take up the option to defer your booking to our Oakbank Christmas Twilight Races in December.

We’re obviously disappointed, not only for you our members amongst the 30,000 people who would be coming to the carnival but also because of the flow on effects it will have on businesses that support the event.

Additionally, we need to advise that the carnival’s companion events (our golf day and winery tour) have also been cancelled and refunds to those booked in will be issued via Eventbrite.

Ticket holders are able to organise refunds via Eventbrite or we can offer you the option to defer your booking to our Oakbank Christmas Twilight Races in December – so you can celebrate Christmas instead of Easter with us at Oakbank.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and membership of the Oakbank Racing Club.

If you have any queries, please contact the club via events@oakbankracingclub.com.au – we really appreciate your patience at this time as we will be handling a lot of enquiries – please be assured your needs are important to us and we will be in touch as soon as possible. In the meantime, please see page 2 of this letter for answers to key questions you may have.

You are the reason we have such a strong and proud tradition, and I look forward to welcoming you back on course as soon as possible – we are all in this #ForTheLoveOfOakbank.

Take care.

Best Regards,

Arabella Branson

Chair, Oakbank Racing Club

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