THE Rotary Club of Dubbo has not been left empty-handed after the running of the Country Championships final at Royal Randwick at the weekend.
Its bid to raise $20,000 for a lifesaving Sonosite ultrasound machine for the emergency department of Dubbo Hospital has been boosted by a "totally unexpected" gift of $500 from the TAB.
On Tuesday the TAB announced the seven charities that had missed out on the $5000 prize money on offer though its Editors' Challenge would get $500 each.
Fairfax Media supported the challenge run in conjunction with the Country Championships that included qualifiers in regional communities.
Editors in country communities that hosted the qualifiers chose charities to receive the $5000 should winning horses from the local races be first past the post in the final.
Daily Liberal editor Brian O'Flaherty picked the Rotary Club of Dubbo's "ED Project".
Clearly Innocent's barnstorming win in the final resulted in the $5000 going to Aberdeen Men's Shed, chosen by Scone Advocate editor Rod Thompson.
President of the Rotary Club of Dubbo Jeannette Miller said the TAB generosity was "wonderful for our project and the other six projects".