IT HAS been said over and over – but that doesn’t change the fact harness racing looks after its own.
Regardless of the competitive nature of the industry, or rivalries that coexist, when it comes to the ‘crunch’ the sport’s participants are one big family.
That scenario is never more evident than when one our own needs assistance.
Be it devastated by bushfires, broken equipment or ill-health, the sport’s participants rally from all over Australia – even if they don’t personally know the individual they’re helping!
With the shocking news of Sharyn Slater’s sudden death recently, the helping arm of harness racing once again reached out.
Harness Racing Victoria and BOTRA Tasmania have joined forces to raise funds to assist Slater’s daughter, Matilda Rawlings, with the cost of her education.
One initiative is a host of drivers will donate their fees from tomorrow night’s Victoria Cup program at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Chris Alford, Alex Ashwood, John Caldow, Kate Gath, Gavin Lang and Zac Phillips are among the first to pledge their fees towards the heartbreaking cause.
If any drivers wish to join the donation group during the meeting they can fill out the appropriate paperwork available in the Raceday office at Melton.
BOTRA President Barrie Rattray explained all donations will be held in a trust fund for Matilda.
Anyone else wishing to donate to the fund can do so by bank transfer to;
Account Name: Breeders, Owners, Trainers & Reinspersons Association (Tas) BSB: 017-042 Account Number: 4963-36308
- PAUL COURTS