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VRC and JDRF to again join forces for Pin & Win

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is pleased to announce JDRF will be the Melbourne Cup Carnival official Pin & Win charity partner for a second year.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of the community and Flemington racegoers, $420,000 was raised through the Pin & Win partnership to support JDRF to drive ongoing research and deliver support programs that benefit people living with type 1 diabetes. An autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes has no known cure and effects over 120,000 Australians.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club and JDRF aim to raise even more money from pin sales in 2018 to help change the lives of people with this chronic illness. “Pin & Win is the VRC’s major annual fundraising activity and we encourage everyone who enjoys the Melbourne Cup Carnival to purchase a pin to support JDRF. We are proud to be able to make a difference to the lives of people with type 1 diabetes through Pin & Win.”

JDRF Chief Executive and Managing Director Mike Wilson said the charity was delighted to again partner with the VRC. “We are proud to have the support of the VRC in helping create a world without type 1 diabetes. The key to unlocking a future without type 1 diabetes is research so by purchasing a pin, racegoers are helping to support local researchers discover new ways to treat, and hopefully cure, this insidious disease,” said Mr Wilson.

Since 1995, Pin & Win has raised more than $5 million for charity through the sale of Lexus Melbourne Cup souvenir pins, helping to change lives and support the community.

The Pin & Win campaign will commence in early September, with pins available at Flemington race days.

The $10 Horse Shoe Pin and the $5 traditional Lexus Melbourne Cup Pin will be available to purchase from JDRF volunteers throughout the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival. By purchasing a pin, people can enter the draw to win a share in over $135,000 in prizes, including a brand new Lexus NX 300h AWD F Sport valued at up to $80,000, drawn on Seppelt Wines Stakes Day (10 November 2018).

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