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12 September, 2020

Pigeon number 11 flies away with a win

On Saturday, September 5 The Great Blue Pigeon Race was flown and won by pigeon number 11.

By Phil Brandel

On Saturday, September 5 The Great Blue Pigeon Race was flown and won by pigeon number 11.

The aim of The Great Blue Pigeon Race was to raise money for Moyamoya Australia a rare progressive cerebrovascular disorder that mainly affects children.

Founder of Moyamoya Australia and Ravenshoe local Nicola Baker whose 16 year old son Jed, suffers from the disease said they raised over $7000 from the pigeon race.

“The $7000 dollars will help us to fund our Smoky Blue Rally which is happening in October, which will in turn help us to raise the profile of the disease and also more funds for Moya Moya Australia,” she said.

“Eventually I’m hoping to be able to offer financial support for people affected by Moya Moya disease.

“We are still in our infancy and we are trying to build our kitty.”

The Great Blue Pigeon Race was run similar to a Melbourne Cup sweepstake where people could by a pigeon and then name it. While there were only 30 pigeons in the race, 13 separate books were sold meaning that pigeon number 11 had 13 different names including, Les, Go Pelican, No Naplam No, Casey, Milkshake Man, Hedwig 09, KTM and P4.

Nicola also said that three of the people who won, donated their winnings back to Moya Moya Australia. “Peoples generosity just blew me away,” she said.

“It was so much fun we are looking at making it an annual event.”

The pigeons took off from Babinda and landed in Cairns about 40 minutes later.

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