INTENSIVE CARE: Trackwork riders Ben Saunders and former jockey Wade Clasohm have been rushed to Brisbane after suffering spinal injuries.
INTENSIVE CARE: Trackwork riders Ben Saunders and former jockey Wade Clasohm have been rushed to Brisbane after suffering spinal injuries. File

Fundraiser announced to help trackwork riders recovery

A "RACING Reaches Out" fundraiser will be held at Clifford Park on Saturday, May 13 to raise money to help the families of injured trackwork riders Ben Saunders and Wade Clasohm.

Mr Saunders and Mr Clasohm are still in a Brisbane hospital as they begin the long road to recovery from their horrific injuries sustained in a tragic training fall at Clifford Park on Saturday, April 8.

Toowoomba Turf Club chairman Kent Woodford said the club was honoured to be hosting the fundraiser in the Wippells Autos Grande Marquee at Clifford Park.

"These boys have an enormous battle ahead of them. It's only fitting that the racing community bands together to help raise some money to aid their recovery and help ease the burden of expenses on their families," he said. 

"We encourage as many people as possible to find it in their hearts to make a donation or attend this fundraising event."

Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers said the club had received many offers of help from both racing authorities and businesses in putting the fundraiser dinner together.

"We've had some incredible donations of auction items, including a framed, signed shoe belonging to champion horse Buffering and his trainer Robert Heathcote; a weekend away in Melbourne including airfares from Wellcamp airport, accommodation at the Melbourne Parkview Hotel, Flemington Racecourse hospitality and a tour of the Living Legends facility; a signed Gold Coast Titans jersey from the Western Mustangs, a $500 betting voucher from UBETs and much more," he said. 

"The racing fraternity has certainly reached out and offered their assistance, which is wonderful. We want to see as many people attending this event, so we can raise as much as possible for Wade and Ben's families as possible."

There will be several opportunities to get involved in the event, including the sponsoring of races on the night and donations of auction items and raffle prizes.

All money from these donations and sponsorships will be added to the fundraising pool.

If businesses or individuals are interested in sponsoring a race or donating a prize, please contact Clifford Park Business Development Manager Lizzy King on 0478 752 039.

Tickets for the event will cost $75, including dinner and dessert. Phone 4634 6066.



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