HE’S no stranger to strutting his stuff on catwalks at racecourses all around the country, but all Hal Salter has to show for it are newspaper articles, photographs and memories.
The eccentric Melbourne philanthropist doesn’t keep any of the prizes he wins, instead donating them to various charitable organisations. The same goes for the Dapper Chap accolade he picked up at the May races last week.
“I wanted to give something back to Warrnambool so, with the suit I won from Clancey’s Menswear I plan to work with Brophy House and donate that to a student studying year 10 or 11 from an underprivileged background,” Mr Salter said.
“I give out scholarships each year for students studying year 10 or 11 to encourage them to complete VCE and to go on and obtain a tertiary or technical qualification. The plan is for the suit to form part of that.”
Mr Salter said he lives by Winston Churchill’s philosophy “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give”.
His annual scholarship covers the cost of books and stationery and the recipient is also invited, with a chaperone, to the MCG to watch a game hosted by AFL chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan, including a pre-game dinner with the leader of the opposition and lunch at Parliament House with the Premier.
“This scholarship isn’t just handed to anyone, they must apply for it in writing and have plans for further study,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s a degree at university, a bricklaying course, they have to be prepared to work hard.”