Newcastle Knights Sign Their Newest Dog’d Defender For Charity
Written By Michael Radley, New South Wales National Coursing Association Correspondent Tuesday 9th November 2010
The Coal & Allied Newcastle Knights and NSW NCA The Gardens are proud to announce they are joining forces for an exciting opportunity to raise money for charity through the deeds of a racing greyhound, named âKnights Defenderâ.
âKnights Defenderâ will be raced by Dally M Winger of the Year and NRL leading try scorer, Akuila Uate, with all prize money generated donated to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Services and the Hunter Surf Life Saving Association.
âKnights Defenderâ will step out for his first start at a bumper race meeting at The Gardens this Friday afternoon, November 12. The Gardens Complex is located on Sandgate Road Birmingham Gardens, with the first race scheduled for 3.47pm, while âKnights Defenderâ will debut in race four which is set to go at 4.47pm, with the flashy chaser jumping from box seven.
In an added bonus, all Newcastle Knights 2011 Members will be admitted free of charge to the meeting, where Akuila Uate will be trackside to lead âKnights Defenderâ to the starting boxes. Some of Akuâs Knightsâ teammates will also be in attendance, cheering on âKnights Defenderâ and signing autographs as well.
Newcastle Knights CEO Steve Burraston is excited about the promotion that is aimed at raising funds for the two local charities and helping promote the Knightsâ membership campaign.
âWe are all looking forward to seeing Knights Defender run this week and if he can win some prize money for the two charities that would be great,â Mr Burraston said.
âAku was the perfect choice to be the face of this campaign being a natural speedster himself and one of our memberâs favourite players.
âLetâs hope âKnights Defenderâ can show some speed like Aku and put a few smiles on the faces of our members who take up the free admission offer at The Gardens on Friday night.â
NSW NCA General Manager, Adam Dobbin, was also full of enthusiasm for the concept, confident the Newcastle community would get behind such a great cause.
âThe NCA is proud to be involved in such a great initiative, through its racing operation at The Gardens,â Mr Dobbin said.
âShowcasing âKnights Defenderâ at The Gardens is something we are really looking forward too, so hopefully everyone will jump on board and follow his progression with interest.
âLetâs hope it captures the imagination of the greater Newcastle community and we can raise some much needed funds for charity.â
Richard Jones, from Westpac Rescue Helicopter Services, is delighted to be in the âKnights Defenderâ kennel.
âIt is a pleasure to be involved in this promotion with the Knights, SLSA Hunter Branch, and the NCA, and we look forward to a successful outcome for all concerned,â Mr Jones said.
Adding to the spirit of the promotion, Greyhound Racing NSW will allow âKnights Defenderâ to wear a special âKnightsâ race vest at each of his starts, allowing supporters to track his efforts even closer.
âKnights Defenderâ will be trained under the watchful eye of Group One winning trainer Robert Smith, who recently won the $100,000 Paws Of Thunder in Sydney.
So make sure you get to The Gardens this Friday (November 12), to cheer on âKnights Defenderâ in the opening âdefence of your kingdom.â