Local sporting identity Kevin “KD” Douglas recently received recognition from the SA greyhound racing industry when receiving an award for Outstanding Service to the Industry.
The award was presented by Greyhound Racing SA Industry Director Ray Fewings at the Angle Park 2021 Greyhound of the Year awards night.
While it’s fair to say that Douglas certainly wouldn’t have been chasing any awards, his voluntary contribution in terms of assisting at feature race meetings and social functions at the Mount Gambier track over a number of years has been outstanding.
Also well known for his local charitable work, back in 2020 he introduced the “Catch for Cash” scheme at Tara Raceway. This resulted in trainers placing a donation in the charity jar in lieu of paying catchers who were supportive of the initiative.
Complementing “Catch for Cash” has been the twice-weekly tipping competition known as the Tara Tipsters. Since Douglas’s initiatives have been introduced at the track, the Sunset Community Kitchen, Foodbank, and the Visually Impaired Club of Mount Gambier collectively have received $6000.
Next month, representatives from the Grantville Court Salvation Army Thrift Shop will be on track to receive a cheque after the running of the Tara Tipsters Thrift Shop Stake.
And in what was a really nice gesture, Fewings, in recognition of Douglas and his fellow Mount Gambier participants’ charitable efforts, donated $200 to the charity jar.