The hidden epidemic of brain injury will have some time in the spotlight during New Zealand Cup and Show Week.
It’s all about horses for good causes on the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day with philanthropist Mark Quinn gifting his race to local charity, the Laura Fergusson Trust. Founded in 1974 by Lady Fergusson, the Trust supports young people with physical disabilities and those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, including from contact sports and equestrian injuries.
Chief executive Kathryn Jones says she’s absolutely thrilled the Trust has been chosen as Quinn’s charity of choice. “This donation means a significant amount to the people who use the services of the Laura Fergusson Trust, particularly those who reside permanently in our home in Ilam,” Jones says.
Quinn, a long-term sponsor of Addington Raceway, says he’s chosen to gift his sponsored race to the Laura Fergusson Trust to help them amplify their message and cause within our community.
“The Laura Fergusson Trust does great work in our community and are one of the unsung heroes of Christchurch,” Quinn says. “The services they provide are second to none, so I’m happy to help support their ambition to redevelop their buildings into new fit-for-purpose facilities that support a higher quality of life for people and their families.
Keryn McElroy from Addington Raceway & Events Centre says it’s fantastic to see such a charitable cause championed on Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day. “This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community and I’m delighted to work with Mark Quinn and his family in welcoming Kathryn to this stand out event,” McElroy says.
Jones says the ability to fundraise and provide modern and fit for purpose accommodation for the people the Trust supports will be a significant factor in delivering a high quality of life for them.
She’ll be speaking to the more serious side of horse racing and other contact sports when she joins Quinn on Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day. “Mark’s financial donation is extremely important, but so is the opportunity he has given us to raise the profile of the Laura Fergusson Trust in Canterbury.”
“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to educate people and raise awareness about brain injuries and the rehabilitation process,” Jones says. She’s also thrilled to take a break from work and parenting to join Quinn’s table to experience her first ever New Zealand Cup and Show Week event.
“I’m extremely excited,” Jones says. “Getting dressed up and enjoying all of the racing and atmosphere of the event will be absolutely fantastic!”
Tickets are now on sale to the various stand out events of New Zealand Cup and Show Week, including the New Zealand Agricultural Show at Canterbury Agricultural Park and the Al Basti Equiworld NZ 2000 Guineas Day at Riccarton Park Racecourse. For full event details and to buy tickets, click here.