Saturday, May 16, 2020
Mount Gambier identity Kevin “KD” Douglas – involved in the three racing codes – has furthered his association with greyhound racing by taking out an attendant’s licence.
Already an owner, KD’s licence allows him to catch greyhounds at trial and race fixtures, something he has now done at Tara Raceway’s past two Thursday meetings.
“With the COVID-19 restrictions in place at the moment I figured the only way I was going to be able to take in a local greyhound meeting was to complete the mandatory licence requirements in front of a steward and then help out trainers requiring a catcher for their greyhounds,” he said.
It didn’t end there, though, for KD, also well known for his charity work. Seems he was also looking for a worthwhile way to utilise his Thursday afternoons in Tara Raceway’s catching area surrounded by slobbery greyhounds all seeking one last look at the lure.
“What I came up with was a format called ‘Catch for Cash’ whereby any trainer whose greyhound I catch can, if he or she so desires, place a gold coin in the jar that will be placed in the clubrooms when I am in attendance.”
KD’s charity of choice for the “Catch for Cash” gold-coin-in-the-jar initiative is the Sunset Community Kitchen, which provides meals for people in need, at the John Frew Centre (Frew Park) on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 6 and 6.30.
“A considerable amount of food is donated by local business houses and then prepared by volunteers. I see the ‘Catch for Cash’ initiative as a small way of assisting with the costs incurred by the Sunset Community Kitchen,” KD said.
“Look, don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to catch greyhounds for any trainer – gold coin or no gold coin – but the Sunset Kitchen does do a terrific job at Frew Park for people doing it tough.
“I’d like to think we could fill the jar by the end of the year and then have a Sunset Kitchen representative come out to Tara Raceway on a race day to accept the proceeds.”