If you are going to go to the races, best you do it in style.
And  why not combine your passion for silks with a little charity work by attending the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) Pink Stiletto carnival on February 26.
Known for her gay appeal, her sense of style and her ability to stand up to criticism, it was natural racing icon Gai Waterhouse would take the reins and become the Pink Stiletto ambassador.
Waterhouse says she doesn’t want any excuses ­ everyone should be heading to this event.
“It’s my job to bring people to the races and I’m always looking for new people,” Waterhouse said.
“I’m passionate about the sport and not only will the gay and lesbian community get involved but the racing community has to get involved.
“Hopefully this will become a serious race day and then young people of all tones of sexuality will, so it’s three different communities getting involved.”
Waterhouse is excited to help raise vital funds for BGF.
“If I can give help, any help, to anyone with any disease I would love to help them,” she said.
“I believe the community will enjoy my involvement as much as I’ll enjoy my involvement with the gay community.”
Pink Stiletto will host seven races amidst an exciting entertainment line-up and some of Sydney’s favourite DJs providing tunes.
The event will also host Fashions on the Field with Best-Dressed Male, Best-Dressed Female and Best Costume.
“We’re thrilled that 2010 — the 200th anniversary of racing in Australia — will feature the inaugural Pink Stiletto race day,” Australian Jockey Club head of marketing and sponsorship Bettina Brown said.
“Expect high fashion, some great music, a cocktail bar or two, lots of fabulous people and the air of excitement that all races have. And perhaps the opportunity to back a winner if you’re lucky.”
There will also be a drag queen race, the likes of which you will have never seen before.
“We’re asking the drags to whip off their pumps, jump out of the starter gates and race the last 50 metres of Randwick’s famous straight,” Brown said.
“It’s bound to be a highlight of the day and drag queens can contact BGF to sign on.”
Depending on the success of the day, BGF hopes it will become an annual fundraiser. The money raised from the day will be invested in the charity’s programs.
“We are hoping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for people living with HIV,” BGF CEO Bev Lange said.
“As with all our fundraisers, the money raised from the Pink Stiletto will go towards helping our clients living with HIV.
“It will be allocated to programs such as financial assistance, supported accommodation, and our ever-increasing vocational counselling and capacity building programs that help our clients return to work or study, undertake volunteering opportunities and re-connect with society.”
If you’re looking for something different this Mardi Gras with a bit of glamour, pop on your pink high heels and help raise money for this important charity.

info: Pink Stiletto is on Friday, February 26, at Royal Randwick. Gates open at 11am. Tickets are $15, which includes racecourse entry, a $5 BGF donation and entry into the major prize.
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