Some little pigs go to market, these little pigs go racing

Kevin Kiley with two of the pigs he breeds and races.
Kevin Kiley with two of the pigs he breeds and races. Nolan Verheij-Full

RACING piglets were the star attraction for families who had settled in for a day of fun and fundraising for Windara, at Casino yesterday.

The pigs, from Noah's Thoroughbred Racing Pigs, were a real drawcard and great entertainment, Windara manager Sharee Denson said.

"They have been on Australia's Got Talent," she said.

Earning extra cash was crucial to the Windara nursery and function centre, which provided employment and support for disabled people, she said.

Last year, 300 people came to the event and the same number were expected this year.

Joan Serone and Carmel Meredith both have children with disabilities and live in Lismore.

"We are first timers at the pig races, but we came to Casino to be supportive and it is a lot of fun," Ms Serone said.

It was important the wider community got involved with groups like Windara, and understood how and why they operated, she said.

"Disabled people want the same things as everybody else; they are no different," Ms Serone said.

Three generations of the O'Reilly's family were there, including grandfather Gary Olive. They came last year and were taken by the racing, and had to come back again, Tracey O'Reilly said.

Kevin Kilkey's racing being nosey while he cleans out their food buckets.
Kevin Kilkey's racing being nosey while he cleans out their food buckets. Nolan Verheij-Full

This year, they went the whole hog and their shop Londy's Takeaway sponsored one of the runners.

"Watching them race is so funny, it is hilarious," she said.

The trotters were organised by Kevin 'the pig whisperer' Kiley, who has been in the racing pen for 14 years. He has helped community groups across Eastern Australia raise over $500,000 in donations.

Mr Kiley said pigs were great fun to work with and made good pets because they are so friendly. But he did warn they can be incredibly destructive, no matter what their size.



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