Naas Race to help Barretstown Children’ initiative raises €9,000
In conjunction with the Irish EBF & Ballyhane Stud, Naas Racecourse partnered with their local Children’s charity Barretstown to run a special initiative.
A JustGiving page was set up to raise funds for Barretstown, those who donated a minimum of €5 were placed into a draw to be in a chance to win a holiday of a lifetime. 24 donators were drawn and assigned a horse in the €300,000 Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes, the richest race at Naas Racecourse which took place on Bank Holiday Monday August 2.
Local Kildare women Edel Heffernan was assigned to the Ger Lyons trained Sacred Bridge. Edel and her son Ethan cheered the talented two year old home to win the €300,000 race, meaning Edel walked away with a €5,000 Hannon Travel holiday voucher.
Caroline Tobin, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Barretstown said: “A huge thank you to Naas Racecourse, the Irish EBF & Ballyhane Stud for their wonderful support raising €9,000. These funds provide crucial income for Barretstown which relies on the public to provide 97% of the funds that make our work possible. Congratulations to Edel Heffernan and her family who won the €5,000 Hannon Travel holiday voucher, I’m sure she will enjoy a fantastic holiday. Thank you to everyone who donated to the holiday draw, your support will help us welcome more.”
Eamonn McEvoy, General Manager of Naas Racecourse said: “We were thrilled here at Naas Racecourse to work with the brilliant people at Barretstown to try and raise much needed funds. The team at Barretstown do phenomenal work and I would urge anyone who can to help them in any way. It was great to have Edel here on the day and it was very exciting for her to win a prize in this way, I really hope she enjoys a fantastic holiday.”