Strong support

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

NEARLY 250 people turned up to Coffs Harbour Racing Club on Thursday evening to not only enjoy a fun night of trivia but also to help out the family of popular jockey Daniel Baker who tragically died after a race fall in Grafton.

Race Club CEO Russ Atkinson said the night was a success and everyone present enjoyed themselves.

"They all seemed to have a good time and the trivia went over very well," he said.

"Debbie (Daniel's mother) was there and I think appreciative of everybody's suppport."

The purpose of the evening was to raise funds for the Daniel Baker Fund to help support his family through an hour of need and those present certainly made sure that a significant contribution was made.

"We generated around $35,000 in funds but obviously there's a lot of costs to come out of that but you will have to take that up with the Legends of League because I know they had to buy a lot of the memorabilia," Atkinson explained.

A highlight for many was the chance to rub shoulders with some of the greats of rugby league who were in attendance including immortal Johnny Raper.

With many valuable auction items up for grabs including a jersey signed by all of rugby league's immortals, there was some intense bidding at times for the various pieces of paraphernalia.

"I think it was a terrific night for all concerned and from our perspective we'd just like to thank the Legends of League for getting it all sorted and the many people who donated stuff towards it and of course everyone who came and chipped in and bid on bits and pieces," Atkinson added.

"I'm sure Debbie and family will be very appreciative of the funds."



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