Ricky Stuart Foundation could land a Golden Eagle – and a massive payday | Canberra Times

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Ricky Stuart has $ 410,000 on The Golden Eagle. The Canberra Raiders coach’s foundation does that anyway. That’s how much the Ricky Stuart Foundation stands to win if the Media Award greets over $ 7.5 million at Rosehill on Saturday. And Stuart already has the perfect project to set it against. He owns the land – the Village Building Company has given him a block at South Jerrabomberra. Now he has to raise $ 4 million to build the house – which will be used to house six young adults living with a disability, while providing full care for them in a self-contained home. It will be on top of the two respite houses Stuarts has already built in ACT. He is an avid fan of racing and owns a couple of horses himself, but there will be a bit more riding on this one when he sits down to watch The Golden Eagle on Saturday. Each of the 18 runners has nominated a charity or fund for which they run, and 10 percent of the prize money goes to a good cause. Stuart was full of praise for Racing NSW for the Golden Eagle concept – which he said was not only part of the revival of racing, but was also a massive boost for a lot of worthy causes. “I will definitely see it with greater interest now,” Stuart said. “We are very fortunate to be the recipient of having a horse in The Golden Eagle.” A win there would kick-start fundraising very, very well with the 10 percent of the prize money going to a charity. “The concept of what Peter V’landys and Racing NSW have created not only made the racing profile in NSW go through the roof, but there is the wonderful concept of having every single horse have a relationship with a charity or a foundation. . ” MORE CANBERRA SPORT Stuart knew who Chris Calthorpe was, but he had not had the chance to meet him – until the Geelong coach revealed that his Media Award would run for his foundation. Now they have enjoyed a talk during the week where they could talk about their common bond. Calthorpe’s son Archie has Asperger’s syndrome, while Stuart’s daughter Emma has autism, and he named the second house he built after her. Emma was the reason Stuart started his fund so he could help others. Now he and Calthorpe have to do it together. “I had the pleasure of talking to him this week, and we discussed in detail the situation we faced as a family because he has a young son, Archie, who is also on the spectrum with Aspergers,” Stuart said. “We had a good talk from a family point of view about the challenges and what it brings to a family.” From a basic point of view, it was created for the opportunity to help other people. “Chris was fantastic and very optimistic that the Media Award ran well. It was even more exciting.” Stuart revealed that his new project was underway when he was made a member of the Order of Australia in June. Now he has his eyes set on the next stage – the not-so-small question of raising $ 4 million. A good race from the Media Award if jockey Jack Martin just happened to be isolated in Canberra this week so he could run the big race in Sydney and he will be a 10th of the way there. Calthorpe is “bullish” on his $ 34 shot chances, where I’s Thunderstruck’s $ 4 favorite. It’s a passion that Stuart somehow finds time to fit in with his coaching duties and the many other purposes he likes to support. He knows up close the situation of a lot of disabled adults who have been forced to live in elderly care due to lack of alternatives, and he is trying to change that. “The fund secured a block of land through the generosity of the Village Building Company in South Jerrabomberra,” Stuart said. “And we are now in the process of having to raise $ 4 million for the construction.” We are building a six-bedroom house for young adults living with a disability, with full care, and it is an independent lifestyle for these young adults. “It’s basically to try to help the growing number of young disabled adults who have to live in geriatric care.”



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