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COMPASSIONATE STAKES

T-Rex Races in the Heart of the Nation

Making Cruelty Ancient History

Making Cruelty Ancient History

event details

what: t-rex races/fashion comps

The Compassionate Stakes features compassionate Canberrans, racing in giant inflatable T-Rex costumes to make cruelty ancient history!

Fashionistas can participate in Fashion Off The Fields competition, "If Looks Could Not Kill."  

Information about horses and animal racing will be available, a vegan sausage sizzle, plant-based sausage rolls from Herbisaurus, baked goods from Tivkah's Bakery will be available, prizes and entertainment abound.

Where: City Walk - Canberra

Find us near the Merry-Go-Round in Canberra City.

when: tuesday 5 november 12-4pm

T-Rex races will be held every half hour from 12.30 to 3:30pm

why: having fun shouldn't involve cruelty

One horse dies on Australian race tracks every three days.  More and more people are deciding that entertainment that relies on others having a terrible time is no fun. We all enjoy getting dressed up and having a good time with friends, but watching animals suffering is no-one's cup of tea.

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t-rex races

6 Races | 10 Competitors per race | 75m Distance (approx) | Inflatable T-Rex Costumes

Race 1: the big bang (12:30pm)

This is where it all starts! Sign up for the first T-Rex race to hit Canberra's streets!  Race distance, approximately 75 metres.  10 spots available, don't be a Saur loser, grab some friends and sign up today! Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd!

Race 2: dino-dash (1:00pm)

Horse racing has done it's dash - now it's time for you to do yours! Sign up for the race 2, the Dino-Dash!  Race distance, approximately 75 metres.  10 spots available, grab some colleauges and see who's the most superior dino-racer in your office! sign up today! Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd!

Co-dependent? Not like to do things without your BFF? This is the race for you! sign up with your buddy and relay race in T-Rex costumes for GLORY! Race distance, approximately 75 metres. Max 5 teams of 2. Prizes for 1st team only.

Race 5: Roller Raptors (2:30pm)

T-Rex Race - ON WHEELS! Watch the wild-childs of Canberra Roller Derby battle it out in the name of making cruelty ancient history!

Race 6: CompassionATE stakes (3pm)

The race you've been waiting for! Compassionate leaders from all walks of life - politics, sporting heroes, media, emergency services, business world, compete in the Compassionate Stakes - who will take the cup?

 

t-rex races

6 Races | 10 Competitors per race | 75m Distance (approx) | Inflatable T-Rex Costumes

Race 1: The Big Bang (12:30pm)

Where it all begins! Sign up for the first T-Rex race to hit Canberra's streets! Race distance, approximately 75 metres. ONLY THREE SPOTS LEFT!, don't be a Saur loser, grab some friends and sign up today! Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd! Entry Fee: $10

 

 

All contestants receive a voucher for 10% off plant-based items on the Fish Shack menu on the day.

Race 2: Dino-Dash (1:00pm)

Horse racing has done it's dash - now it's time for you to do yours! Sign up for the race 2, the Dino-Dash!  Race distance, approximately 150 metres.  ONLY FOUR SPOTS LEFT! grab some colleauges and see who's the most superior dino-racer in your office! sign up today! Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd! Entry Fee: $10

 

All contestants receive a voucher for 10% off plant-based items on the Fish Shack menu on the day.

Race 3: Reptilian Relay (1:30pm)

Co-dependent? Not like to do things without your BFF? The Reptilian Relay is the race for you! Sign up with your buddy and relay race in T-Rex costumes for GLORY! Race distance, approximately 75 metres. Max 5 teams of 2. Prizes for 1st-3rd Place, Entry Fee: $20 per group entry

 

All contestants receive a voucher for 10% off plant-based items on the Fish Shack menu on the day.

RACE IS FULLY BOOKED

Race 4: T-Rex Trials (2:00pm)

More of a thinker than a racer? This race will demonstrate your superior brainpower as you navigate a series of challenges in your T-Rex suit. Race distance approximately 75m, max 10 participants, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd person to finish with all sections completed successfully. Entry Fee: $10

 

All contestants receive a voucher for 10% off plant-based items on the Fish Shack menu on the day.

Race 5: Roller Derby 'Rexs (2:30pm)

T-Rex Race - ON WHEELS! Watch the wild-childs of Canberra Roller Derby battle it out in the name of making cruelty ancient history!

Race 6: Compassionate Stakes (3pm)

The race you've been waiting for! Compassionate leaders from all walks of life - social change organisations, animal protection, media,  and the business world, compete in the Compassionate Stakes - who will take the title?

Contestant 1: Dr Lucy Fish from 2CC Pet tales

Dr Lucy Fish may be a household name to many Canberrans due to her regular radio show "Pet Tales" on 2CC with Dr Nonna Green and Heike Hahner, but her calling to help animals started well before the show brought her to us.  Improving the lives of animals  has been a driving force in her life for as long as she can recall:

"Ever since I first discovered what a veterinarian was, I have wanted to become one. For me it meant being in the ultimate position to help animals by having the ability to save lives and prevent animal suffering."

Contestant 2: Jonathon Naef -Balance Family Law

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Jonathon Naef is a lawyer at and Co-founder of Balance Family Law, a firm that believes  in resolving family law matters with dignity, understanding and insight. His goal is to make the law and legal solutions more accessible (and affordable) through technology.  Jono also volunteers  with The Legal Forecast, a not-for-profit run by early-career professionals and students who are passionate about disruptive thinking and access to justice. 

CONTESTANT 3: dr ELOISE BRIGHT - aCT PET CRISIS FUND

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Dr Eloise has been a vet for 13 years and provides a mobile palliative care service in Canberra through Sunset Vets, as well as enjoying helping with pet behaviour problems through Canberra Behaviour Vet and Belconnen Animal Hospital. Through her work with the RSPCA she regularly sees pet owners who need assistance with their pets and would like to help wherever possible. In her spare time she enjoys reading, dancing and caring for two young boys and her ever-growing furry family of 3 dogs and 2 cats. 

Contestant 4: TARA WARD - ANIMAL DEFENDERS OFFICE

Tara co-founded Australia’s first Animal Defenders Office, a national community legal centre dealing with legal matters affecting animals and their defenders. In 2017 the Animal Defenders Office was accredited by the National Association of Community Legal Centres, which is the peak industry body for community legal centres in Australia.

Tara is a member of the statutory Animal Welfare Advisory Committee advising the ACT Minister responsible for animal welfare, and an animal welfare category member on a university Animal Ethics Committee. Tara is also the co-founder of and volunteer event manager for the Living Green Festival (ACT) Inc., which has been bringing cruelty-free eco events to the Nation’s capital since 2011.

Contestant 5: joanna le - ywca

Joanna is currently Director of Communication, Advocacy and Fundraising at YWCA Canberra, and is the organisation’s representative on the ACT Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Women and the ACT Government’s Joint Community Government Reference Group.

Joanna is passionate about contributing to positive social change through strategic communication. Having worked in both the for purpose and private sectors, Joanna’s particular areas of expertise include digital and traditional public relations, partnership brokering, fundraising, advocacy, and multimedia production.

In 2015 Joanna was selected as one of Her Canberra’s “15 Women to Watch”, and in 2013 one of Mamamia’s “Most Clickable Women”, recognising her contribution to strategic communication in the for purpose sector.

 

In 2013 Joanna was selected to participate in the World YWCA international internship program, where she was involved in strategic advocacy and communication initiatives at the 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

COMPASSIONATE STAKES TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. You must be aged 18 years old or over on 5th November, 2019, to compete.

2. You must arrive 30 minutes before race start for registration and T-Rex costume preparation.

3. All competitors MUST wear running shoes.

4. Competing with the spirit of kindness and compassion is compulsory - not a comp for saur losers!

5. First aid officers will be present in case of accident however participants acknowledge they are racing at their own risk.

6. Judges decisions on race outcomes are final.

fashions Off the field

If Looks Could Not Kill

All are eligible to enter Fashions off the field. Entrants can either register online (below) or on the day between the times advised at the Fashion Stage, unless otherwise approached by our expert Fashion Off the Field official scouts.

The categories for the 2019 Compassionate Stakes Day Fashions Off the Field are:

 

Leopard - Stylish Spots

Get spotted in our Fashions Off the Fields competition by putting together a stunning ensemble with spots. Please, no fur, feathers, leather or silk in your attire. Extra points awarded to entrants with cruelty-free clothing. Ribbons awarded to 3rd place, 1st place winner of each category will be eligible for Top Dog category.  

Zebra - Monochromatic Magic

Some things are black and white, like how we should be kind to animals - and your gorgeous outfit!  Enter our Fashions Off the Fields competition by putting together a stunning monochromatic ensemble. Black and White only. Please, no fur, feathers, leather or silk in your attire. Extra points awarded to entrants with cruelty-free clothing. Ribbons awarded to 3rd place, 1st place winner of each category will be eligible for Top Dog category.  

Penguin - Office Outfits & Striking Suits

Dress for success? Enter our Fashions Off the Fields competition with your striking suit or electric office-outfit. Please, no fur, feathers, leather or silk in your attire. Extra points awarded to entrants with cruelty-free clothing. Ribbons awarded to 3rd place, 1st place winner of each category will be eligible for Top Dog category.  

Peacock - Overtly OTT

Are you known for your show-stopping ensembles? Never understood the saying "less is more"?   Enter our Fashions Off the Fields competition by sharing your signature overtly over the top opulent outfit. Think colour and creating that "wow factor" Please, no fur, feathers, leather or silk in your attire. Extra points awarded to entrants with cruelty-free clothing. Ribbons awarded to 3rd place, 1st place winner of each category will be eligible for Top Dog category.  

Cockatoo - Head-turning headpiece

Win glory with your crowning glory!   Enter our Fashions Off the Fields competition with your stunning headpiece. Please, no fur, feathers, leather or silk in your attire. Extra points awarded to entrants with cruelty-free clothing. Ribbons awarded to 3rd place, 1st place winner of each category will be eligible for Top Dog category.  

Top Dog - Overall Winner

Number One. The best. Winner. The Champion. Sound like you? Win a category and be in the running for the glory of the Top Dog award! The Top Dog competition will be awarded to cruelty-free ensembles only.

 

The Judges

Jessica Adelan-Langford - Adelan Langford Legal Consulting 

Alison Kaigan - Genki Finance

prizes

TO BE ANNOUNCED (But obviously, there will be the glory)

 

eligibility

All sections of the Fashion Off the Fields competition are open to all, Men, Women and friends beyond the binary.

Entrants are urged to plan their outfits with compassion in mind, please avoid animal products (feathers, fur, silk, leather) - additional points will be awarded to entrants with no animal products in their designs. 

Entrants will be judged upon their creativity, styling and accessories, judges decisions are final.