Georgian Drivers, GCG Execs To Aid JJJ

Published: June 12, 2014 03:11 pm EDT

Driver Paul MacKenzie has spearheaded a fundraising effort with a group of drivers for this Saturday at Georgian Downs, and he's asking others to consider similar efforts.

In support of JJJ Stables’ tragic barn fire in British Columbia, drivers at Georgian Downs will donate their driver’s fees on Saturday, June 14. Taking part in the donation drive this Saturday are MacKenzie, Travis Henry, Robert Shepherd, Scott Coulter, Steve Byron, Dan Clements, Bob McClure and Scott Young.

MacKenzie told Trot Insider that would like to see drivers and tracks follow suit either this weekend or at a later date.

"It's a terrible thing to happen and we're just trying to help out," said MacKenzie, hoping these actions inspire others as well.

In addition to the initiative taken on by Georgian Downs drivers, Bruce Barbour, executive director of Racing Operations for Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, has committed $500 to start the ball rolling. Barbour is challenging all racing officials to match or contribute as much as possible.

At the time of writing Chuck Keeling, VP of Stakeholder Relations for Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, has accepted the challenge and has matched the $500 donation.

(With files from GCGC)

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