AUST. HARNESS RACING RALLIES FOR CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch’s earthquake relief fund will be a winner after Friday’s Inter Dominion Grand Finals in Auckland with Harness Racing Australia (HRA) announcing details of a fundraising package to support the Christchurch community, via the Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal.
On behalf of the Australian harness racing industry, HRA will donate 5% of the prizemoney earned by Australian horses in both the Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Grand Finals on Friday night, April 8, at Alexandra Park.
In an added boost, this contribution will be generously matched by the majority of connections of Australian horses in the Finals.
HRA Chairman, Mr. Geoff Want said the decision to support the city was an easy one.
“We’ve seen natural disasters wreak havoc in our country over the past few months, but we have all been particularly moved by the devastation in Christchurch, a community with rich harness racing heritage and strong links to our industry.
“I applaud the generosity of the many owners of Australian horses who have committed to this cause and look forward to Friday night, hoping for not only great Australian performances, but maximising the industry’s overall contribution.
“Australians have an appreciation for how tough recovery from natural disasters can be and hope our donation can assist with efforts to reinvigorate and promote tourism to the city, including the many hundreds of harness racing fans who visit each year.”
The prizemoney contributions come hot on the heels of an online auction of autographed Inter Dominion Grand Final drivers’ colors announced by HRA on Monday.
The commemorative sets of colors come with a letter of authenticity and are available to the highest bidder via www.harness.org.au.
“Since the announcement of the drivers’ colors auction, our offices have been inundated with enquiries. It is a unique way to own a part of Inter Dominion history and has an added bonus of supporting the Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal”, Mr. Want said.
Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia