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RAS of NSW to support Herd of Hope Bondi Beach cattle drive

13 Feb 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is proudly supporting Herd of Hope (HoH) in its unique cattle drive to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation in Australia and is urging other businesses and organisations to join the cause. Herd of Hope plans to muster 40 head of cattle on Bondi Beach on Saturday, March 17, 2018, each animal sponsored by individuals, companies or organisations to the tune of $1000. The RAS will sponsor three of the 40 animals. The cattle will be transported to Bondi then herded into a specially-erected enclosure on the southern end of Bondi Beach at daybreak where dignitaries and guests will gather to support the very important organ donation and transplant causes. At the end of the morning’s activities, the animals will be transported to their new home on a property near Goulburn, NSW. Sadly Australia has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the world at less than 20 donors per million registered and 1500 Australians waiting for a transplant at any given time. One in three organ and tissue recipients is from rural or regional NSW though every transplant is conducted in a tertiary hospital in a major city. “It is important to raise awareness of organ donation and the Herd of Hope charity is doing so in a unique way,” event organiser Lizzie Mazur said today. “Bringing cattle onto Bondi Beach will create conversations about the differences in living in the country to city life, raising the issue of access to health care and mental health services. "Through this event we want all Australians to discuss the positive impact organ and tissue donation has on people's lives. But we also want to highlight that if you live in rural and regional Australia the access to services is often limited. “Through our charity we will help those in rural areas have improved access to mental health support by developing initiatives for both donor families and transplant recipients. It is a very exciting time to make a positive change," Lizzie Mazur said. HoH is working with the Organ and Tissue authority to improve the support services available to donor families. Money raised will assist in establishing specialised grief camps for children affected through organ donation. Undoolya Station has offered its property in the North Territory to run the camps. Murray Wilton, General Manager Agriculture and Sydney Royal Easter Show has confirmed the RAS’ wholehearted support for the Herd of Hope campaign. “We at the RAS are pleased to be able to support Herd of Hope in this very important effort. “Support for rural and regional NSW is very much at the heart of what we are about and when approached by Herd of Hope organisers we were only too happy to be involved,” Murray Wilton said. Sponsorship of HoH cattle is still available via the website; Ends Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: 02 9704 1453 E: Read more


6 Feb 2018

More than 70 NSW schools are from today receiving a special delivery of day old chicks, the start to a statewide "meat birds" competition to be judged at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show. Each participating school is being delivered 14 one-day-old chicks supplied by competition sponsor Steggles. Volunteers and students from Abbotsleigh Senior School, Wahroonga and Elderslie High School, Narellan have today been placing more than 1000 chicks in ventilated boxes which are being couriered to High Schools and Public Schools across NSW from Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. 75 schools are taking part in this year's competition. (A list of participating schools is attached). Students and their teachers who raise the chicks will then be permitted to enter one pair of male and one pair of female meat birds in the Poultry Show at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which this year runs from March 23 until April 3. Schools have all issued guarantees they have adequate facilities to race the birds. Participating schools have individually designed a food program for their birds aimed at maximising their growth in the six weeks leading up to the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show where their selected pairs will be judged. The competition provides students with a glimpse into the Poultry industry and works to dispel hormone myths surrounding chicken meat production. The competition will be judged by an industry representative on the potential value of the birds exhibited to the Commercial Trade. Poultry competitions have been a feature of Sydney Royal Easter Shows since 1858. In 2017 the winner of the Steggles Sydney Royal Schools Meat Bird Pairs Competition in the Male category was Wellington High School and in the Female bird category, Elderslie High School, Narellan. Both Schools are re-entering the competition in 2018. Ends   For further information, interview and high-res image requests please contact: Nicola Dalby Coordinator, Communications Royal Agricultural Society of NSW   T: 02 9704 1041 Read more

Sydney Showground celebrates 20 years of Big Experiences at Sydney Olympic Park

1 Feb 2018

20 years ago this week, then Premier Bob Carr handed over the keys to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW as it took possession of the brand new Sydney Showground, ending more than 100 years at Moore Park. The move was of course a precursor to Sydney’s hosting of the 2000 Olympic Games with Sydney Olympic Park the focus of international attention. The new Sydney Showground would feature 22 new exhibition and event spaces across 30 hectares, the focal point being the main arena. Across the past 20 years Sydney Showground has hosted Royalty, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2014, annual Sydney Royal Easter Shows, some attracting a million guests in a single year and hundreds of local and international exhibitions including the huge Reed AIMEX (Mining ) Expo. Evidence of the excellence in customer service the Sydney Showground team provides is in the fact the very first exhibition client of the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, the AGHA Sydney Gift Fair will return this month and has been an exhibitor every year since 1998. Sydney Showground continues to be the “go to” venue for Trade and Consumer events & exhibitions, Music Festivals and Incentive Events. Each year the variety and scope of these events continues to widen together with more hotels, better parking, regular train service and dozens of new bars and restaurants, all making Sydney Olympic Park a great destination. Not only has the Sydney Showground been the home of the likes of the NRL’s Sydney Bulldogs, AFL’s GWS Giants, T20 Cricket’s Sydney Thunder and Football’s Western Sydney Wanderers, but this year alone will attract more international visitors and exposure by hosting high profile events such as X Games, the Irish Festival and the first hurling match ever held outside Ireland and has just been named as a host venue for the ICC Women’s T20 cricket World Cup in 2020. Sydney Showground General Manager Peter Thorpe says he never ceases to be proud of the number and variety of events Sydney Showground hosts; “Sydney Showground is a constantly evolving canvas,” Peter Thorpe said. “Every day there is a new idea or concept to challenge our team’s creativity and the amount of different industry awards won by the whole team over the years is testament to their success and ‘can do’ attitude. “We would like to thank all of our loyal clients and guests for your support across the last exciting 20 years and look forward to many more years of creative events,” he said. Over two decades, the Sydney Showground team has had many highlights, including: 1998 Sydney Showground opens for business and welcomes 295 events in its inaugural years! 2000 Hosts Olympic sports including baseball and rhythmic gymnastics and the Media Centre for 6,000 journalists. 2003-2005 NSW Winner ‘Speciality Meeting Venue’, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA). 2007 Sydney Showground entered the MEA Hall of Fame after winning its third MEA National Award for Catering and Banqueting Services. 2009 The inaugural Telstra 500 V8 Supercars drew more than 185,000 attendees over 3 days. 2010 Big Day Out celebrated its 100 th Show with 55,000 people on one day. 2011 Sydney Showground awarded ‘Best Venue Team’ by Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) at the Annual Awards for Excellence. 2012 The Main Arena upgrade was completed, taking capacity from 13,000 to 24,000; the GWS Giants played their first home game at the Stadium. 2014 One of the largest international conventions to visit Sydney – the International Rotary Convention – with 19,000 delegates in attendance; Exhibition Hall was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. 2015 Sydney Showground partnered with Cricket NSW to be the home of the Sydney Thunder cricket team for the next ten years; Winner ‘Best Venue Team’ awarded by EEAA. 2016 Winner ‘Best Achievement in Venue Management’ - Australian Event Awards; State and  National Winner ‘Banqueting and Catering’ – MEA; Winner ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ – MEA. 2017 International events, including the Maruti Suzuki International Dealer Incentive, Sheung Hei International Gala Dinner and the Asian Paints Incentive Dinner. Roger White                    Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW t  02 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e Read more

Media Accreditation Open for 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

19 Jan 2018

  Media accreditation is reserved for broadcast, print and internet media assigned to cover the Sydney Royal Easter Show, and who meet the accreditation requirements. Please follow this link to apply for media accreditation and complete the  media accreditation form . Accredited journalists will have free access to use the Media Centre operating from March 23 until April 3 in Spotless Stadium (Main Arena), Sydney Showground. Please note the Media Centre telephone number and email addresses will be operational for the 12 days of the Sydney Royal Easter Show only: Phone: +61 2 9704 1042 Email: Enquiries prior to Show should be directed either to; Roger White Manager, Public Relations Phone: +61 2 9704 1453 Email: or Nicola Dalby Coordinator, Communications Phone: +61 2 9704 1041 Email: Significant Preview (media invited) Events: The Sydney Royal Easter Show Showbag Launch, featuring children from the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Westmead Children’s Hospital and Royal Far West (Manly) will be held on the morning of February 28 th , 2018. The Media Preview of Sydney Royal Easter Show will be held on the morning of March 22 nd , 2018 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. For further information please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations T: 02 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: Read more

Do you know a canine hero?

17 Jan 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is again seeking stories of accomplishment and companionship ahead of the 2018 NSW Canine Hero Awards. From time to time the public is alerted to some incredible tales of heroism or mateship by our canine friends, but so many more untold stories are surely out there. Some canines display an incredible act of bravery in an instinctive moment, others transform a human life in adversity through their training and pure love for their handler or owner. Of course a dog can’t tell us these stories, but humans can! In 2017 Sergeant Luke Warburton, himself a decorated Police Dog Unit handler injured on duty, presented the Service Dog honour at the Sydney Royal Easter Show to retired drug detection dog Gypsy from the Riverina, while the Companion Dog Award went the way of Panda, a former agility competition dog who would go on to be the assistance dog for an elderly Sydney lady with physical challenges. This year at the Sydney Royal Easter Show awards will again be presented in two categories; AAR Service Dog Award Open to any dog that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed exemplary commitment to a service or government organisation. AAR Companion Dog Award Open to any dog in private ownership that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed in an exceptional way the human-animal bond. Judges from The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW will select finalists and the ultimate winners who will be invited to attend the ADVANCE™ Sydney Royal Dog Show, Best In Show day on April 2 nd 2018 to receive their award. Rules: The Awards are open to residents of NSW at the time of entry who own the nominated dog or are the authorised agent of the owner of the nominated dog. Entries must include a completed and signed Awards Entry form, photograph and narrative description. Applications will be judged in the week of 19 March and the winners will be contacted that week. Winners will be invited to attend the ADVANCE™ Sydney Royal Dog Show as part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show to receive their awards on Monday 2 April 2018. The winners, their stories and photos will be featured in Dog News Australia and the Dogs NSW Journal. Prizes: $1500 cash prize to the winner of each category sponsored by the Australian Animal Registry (AAR) How to enter the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Canine Heroes Awards: Please complete the Awards Entry Form and forward to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW with a high resolution picture of you/the dog. Entries can be submitted by; Completing the entry form Emailing your entry to (photo attached) Post the entry to; (photo attached) RASNSW Canine Hero Awards Locked bag 4317 Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127 Closing Date: Friday 16 February 2018 (5pm) For further information, including high resolution images, please contact:   Roger White, Manager, Public Relations, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS)  M: 0478 092 425 | P: 02 9704 1453 | E: About the Australian Animal Registry; The Australian Animal Registry (AAR) maintains the records of more than 2 million animals throughout Australia and New Zealand via microchipping. We register all animals: dogs, cats, birds, horses, reptiles and even ferrets. AAR provides an accurate and independent service designed to assist in the speedy recovery of registered animals. Our website is . Read more

Time’s running out for the RAS Foundation’s Community Kitchen Grant Applications

16 Jan 2018

Rural and regional community groups have until February 4, 2018 to apply to win a kitchen valued at $30,000 through the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation Community Kitchen Grant. The RASF Community Kitchen Grant sees top of the range Euromaid Kitchen appliances, used by celebrity chefs in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome’s Theatre Kitchen at the Sydney Royal Easter Show donated to a community group or organisation in rural or regional NSW. Eligible organisations include community centres, welfare groups, churches, service or sporting clubs and show societies. “The kitchen is the engine room of every home and community and what better way to help an organisation out than through the donation of a commercial grade kitchen to a worthy town,” RAS Foundation Executive Officer Cecilia Logan said today. “We are delighted to be able to again be partnered with Euromaid to offer state of the art appliances to a deserving rural or regional NSW community,” Ms Logan said. 2017 winner, Boggabri Showground and Public Trust had this to say about their welcome addition; “We are thrilled to pieces and our kitchen has been used many times already for a reunion, pony camps and a country music evening, monthly for children for pony club for which they have lunches prepared in our new organised kitchen. “What an achievement we have for our small community. “We are now trying to raise money to enclose and upgrade our pavilion that houses this kitchen. 2017 Runner-up, Mendooran Showground Trust is equally thrilled with their donated Euromaid appliances (picture attached); “Mendooran thrives on community spirit and we rely heavily on our showground to hold events that get the whole town together. “Your generous donation has meant that we have been able to fit out the kitchen and can now advertise as a fully functioning commercial kitchen, the use of which is appreciated by everyone. We will now hold larger functions and in time grow the use of the new facility to include 21st’s and weddings and many other functions that will, we believe, have a lasting impact on our town”. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit for more information and to complete the online application form. Applications close 4 February 2018 and the recipients will be announced during the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Visit for more information on the RAS Foundation. <Ends>   For media enquiries, including high resolution images, please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations P: 02 9704 1453 | E: Read more

2018 RAS Rural Achiever Finalists Named

13 Dec 2017

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has named eight talented and rural-minded individuals across NSW as the 2018 RAS Rural Achievers. Read more

Sydney Royal Easter Show Welcomes Mars Petcare Australia as new Dog and Cat Show Naming Rights Sponsor

24 Nov 2017

The Royal Agricultural of NSW (RAS) is very pleased to announce Mars Petcare Australia as the new naming rights sponsor of the prestigious Dog and Cat competitions at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Mars Petcare Australia is the world’s leading pet food and veterinary care business, marketing leading brands such as PEDIGREE, WHISKAS, ROYAL CANIN, Dine, My Dog, ADVANCE, Optimum, Schmackos, Nature’s Table and CATSAN. Mars Petcare Australia has agreed to naming rights sponsorship for its product ADVANCE in the Sydney Royal Dog Show and CATSAN in the Sydney Royal Cat Show. Sydney Royal Easter Show's Head of Commercial Paul Bowd said the two organisations will make an excellent partnership. “Our Sydney Royal Dog and Cat competitions are internationally regarded, so having global brand Mars Petcare Australia join us at the Sydney Royal Easter Show is a terrific boost for these competitions,” Paul Bowd said. “The RAS and Mars have many shared values including the promotion of animal health and wellness and the pursuit of excellence and education,” he said. Each year more than 4,000 dogs from over 160 breeds and more than 500 cats across 30 breeds are entered in the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Anne Raymond, Breeder Relations Manager at Mars Petcare Australia said “I am very excited by our new partnership with the RAS of NSW. At Mars it is important to us that both the general public and exhibitors alike leave the Sydney Royal Easter Show with great memories and stories to tell, and we will be bringing new aspects to the Show to do just that.” The 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show, the biggest ticketed annual event in Australia, will be held from Friday March 23 until Tuesday April 3 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.       For further information please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations T: 02 9704 1453 M: 0478 092 425 E: Read more
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