Irish Jockeys Association urges support for Jog for Jockeys at the Curragh

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Irish Jockeys Association urges support for Jog for Jockeys at the Curragh

September 13, 2013

Irish Jockeys Association Urges Support for Jog for Jockeys

Over €1.3m administered through Irish Jockeys’ Accident Fund and Qualified Riders’ Accident Fund over last three years
With just over two weeks to go, the Irish Jockeys Association (IJA) is appealing for people to take part in the 2013 Jog for Jockeys 5k and 10k runs at the Curragh Racecourse on Sunday September 29th.
Andrew Coonan, chairman of the IJA said: “Fundraising initiatives like Jog For Jockeys are vital when it comes to raising money for injured jockeys. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the Jockeys’ Accident Fund, a non-profit charitable fund that directly benefits both currently licensed riders and those retired or prevented from riding through injury.
“In the precarious and dangerous career of a jockey, the Jockeys Accident Fund provides an income and takes care of hospital charges, thus providing some degree of certainty for jockeys and their families during times of injury.”
Proceeds from Jog For Jockeys, which is in its third year also go towards the Qualified Riders’ Accident Fund, a charitable fund administered solely by the stewards of The Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee.
According to Turf Club statistics, the Jockeys’ Accident Fund has helped 174 jockeys in the last three years, with benefits paid amounting to over €850,000 and expenses calculated at just under €150,000. The Qualified Riders’ Accident Fund has provided benefits of almost €300,000 to 167 riders and expenses totalling close to €30,000 in the same period.
Online entry for Jog For Jockeys costs €20 for each run, while entry on the day costs €25. Registration is available on the website and sponsorship cards are available online and from reception in Horse Racing Ireland at Ballymany, the Curragh, Co. Kildare. Start time for 10k run is 11am and the 5k runners will begin at 12pm.
For further information please contact:
Audrey O’Dwyer, Event Organiser, 086-9299221

Notes to Editor
The Irish Jockeys’ Accident Fund was set up for professional riders and apprentices in the event of injury on the racecourse, at home on the gallops or in the stables and is administered jointly by the Irish Turf Club and the Stewards of the INHS Committee. The fund grants benefits in the event of bodily injury to a jockey or apprentice if they have sustained an injury while at work, at schooling or on the racecourse. The fund also supports research in respect of safety equipment used by Jockeys and Apprentices in the course of race riding.
The Qualified Riders’ fund was set up for the benefit of qualified riders licensed by the INHS committee. It provides for injuries received while riding in official races.
Registration for Jog For Jockeys is also available at the Curragh on Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th.

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