Race is on as Ladbrokes backs Jockeys’ Emergency Fund at Galway Races
RED is the colour! Bookie Ladbrokes is planning to raise money for the Jockeys’ Emergency Fund (JEF) as the Galway Racing Festival kicks off at the beginning of August.
Ladbrokes will donate €1 for every race goer that wears something red to the festival on Saturday August 3 and it will donate a minimum of €10,000 with hopes the figure will be higher.
Last March, Jonjo Bright (19) from Antrim, took a fall at a Point to Point meeting at Tyrella, Co Down, causing paralysis.
Later that month, John Thomas McNamara was paralysed when his horse fell in a race at the Cheltenham festival.
The JEF was established in January 1998 to provide benefit and assistance for riders who suffer paralysis as a result of injury sustained while taking part in racing or horse related activity.
Hayley O'Connor of Ladbrokes said: "Horse racing is a wonderful sport enjoyed by millions and sometimes we take for granted the bravery of jockeys. Their profession comes hand in hand with enormous risk which, very sadly, we have been reminded of this year.”
"The public have been looking for ways to show their support and as Galway is one of the biggest meetings of the calendar, we thought it would be an opportune time to come together and raise funds."