VIDEO UPDATE: Bringing home the bacon

UPDATE TUESDAY: SUNDAY'S Lennox Head community fundraiser raised just over $8000 towards Parkinson's Disease research, up from $3500 last year.

Organiser Tania McGarrity said she was excited to run the event again with an even higher target.

INITIAL: PIG racing and celebrity cricket don't typically go hand-in-hand, but together these activities proved a success at the community fundraiser for Parkinson's Disease on Sunday.

The event raised money for the Shake It Up Parkinson's Foundation.

Organiser Tania McGarrity said pig racing was added to the plan this year to give event-goers a bit more variety, and it proved successful.

Last year the event raised $3500 while this weekend's target was $10,000.

"When the pig races started, the little smiles on the kids' faces was awesome," Ms McGarrity said.

"We've got six pig races, so seven little piglets running and the first little pig to get their snout in the milk wins the money.

"We're selling raffles, sweeps ... we've got the jumping castle, the bar facilities, sausage sizzle, bands - it's generally just a fun day."

These little piggies went to the races and won  a bucket of milk for their efforts.
These little piggies went to the races and won a bucket of milk for their efforts. Cathryn McLauchlan

Each pig was sponsored by a local business.

Bands Pink Zinc and Project Jurassic and artist Dan Clarke covered the event from 2pm with covers and original music.

The first pig race was held at 1pm and lucky visitor Petula Jones won the raffle.

"I've never really won anything before so it's quite funny," she said.

It was a day of firsts for Ms Jones as she also held a piglet for the first time - the gold coat-wearing winning pig.

Her prize for winning the pig-racing raffle was $50 in cash.

"I think I'll spend my winnings on some icecream for the kids," she said.

"We have four so it won't go very far, but we'll certainly enjoy them."

 

Pig races around an obstacle course entertain the crowd.
Pig races around an obstacle course entertain the crowd. Cathryn McLauchlan

Petula said the pig races were among her family's favourite activities of the day.

"It's been fun looking at the pigs and having the kids involved in choosing which pig to go for in the race," she said.

"(The event) just brings everyone together for a great day out for a good cause."

The day began with a cricket match between The Lennox Hotel and the Shawsy, with celebrity sports guests from the Titans and ex-Parramatta players at 10am.

Co-organiser Trent Chapman said the Shake It Up Parkinson's Foundation supported the scientific research being done to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.

"The guys who started the foundation cover all the administration fees, so everything that gets raised goes to research," he said.

"We work with the Michael J Fox Foundation in the USA; we are the only foundation in Australia that is working to find a cure."

Ms McGarrity said events like this kept research going.

"They are getting closer every day (to finding a cure) and without these events they wouldn't be able to do the research," she said.



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