VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott presents a cheque for the National Jockeys Trust to Mitch and Maddy Goring.
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has proudly donated almost $60,000 to the National Jockeys Trust (NJT) in support of injured jockeys and their families.
VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott presented the cheque to Mitch and Maddy Goring – children of jockey Mark Goring who died in a race fall in 2003 – at the annual NJT20 Cricket Match, where VRC-sponsored player Craig Robertson joined his fellow jockeys in taking on the Racing All Stars.
Williamstown Cricket Ground hosted the seventh annual edition of the popular charity match, which saw more than $150,000 raised for a cause close to many hearts.
The VRC contribution included funds from the following initiatives:
$1000 per jockey who took part in the Lexus Melbourne Cup Parade – a total of $17,000
The Lexus Melbourne Cup saddlecloth auction – a total of $33,778
The proceeds of Winx merchandise sold at TAB Turnbull Stakes Day – a total of $3,502
Sponsorship of Craig Robertson in the 2019 NJT20 cricket match – a total of $1000.
Mrs Elliott commended the NJT and said the VRC is proud to support such an important organisation.
“Very few sports possess the level of risk that horse racing does, and the skill and talent of our jockeys is something we do not take for granted.
“In situations where an accident occurs, it is great to know that the National Jockeys Trust is there to offer financial assistance to injured jockeys and their families.”
Mrs Elliott also congratulated the NJT and organisers on another successful NJT20 cricket match.
“The NJT20 cricket match highlights the incredible mateship between racing participants, and I’m so pleased to see members of the public attending the match to have some fun and to throw their support behind this important cause.”
The National Jockeys Trust accepts financial donations all year round. To donate, please visit: https://njt.org.au/donation/donation