NZ Spinal Trust Chairty Raceday Looming
With NZ Spinal Trust Charity Raceday looming we thought we would tell you a little bit about how it all started…
Trevor ‘Gripper’ Harrison had been a successful jockey most of his life and in 2002 suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident and now lives with an incomplete C3-4 tetraplegia.
In 2003 "Gripper” completed his rehabilitation from paralysis and was appointment as raceday starter for racing clubs in the Auckland district. Since his accident he has dedicated a lot of his time to helping those with spinal cord impairments and is a passionate supporter of NZ Spinal Trust, and in 2015 he was appointed a patron of the charity.
Gripper has helped fund the Harrison Recreation Center and the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Center as well as many other events he has dedicated his time to.
One event that is close to Grippers heart is the NZ Spinal Trust Charity Raceday held at Pukekohe Park on Sunday 22nd September. He has a passion for the racing industry and says he "thoroughly enjoys helping people get back on track, I know it is not easy as I have been through it myself”.
The Charity Raceday, in it's 9th consecutive year, raises over $20,000 for the Charity annually and is well supported by those in the community and the racing industry. The diverse, well attended day offers a great atmosphere and entertainment and is well applauded by guests.
Pukekohe Park would like to thank Gripper for all of his hard work leading into the event. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors, supporters and businesses that donate product to be auctioned off on the day to raise funds and awareness.
If anyone would like to get involved with this charity raceday or would like to book a table to enjoy the days events please contact Paxton at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the link http://bit.ly/CharityRaceday