Norvall fundraiser a huge success

Rogan Norvall registered a sentimental win on Memories Only (inner) at Rotorua.

Rogan Norvall registered a sentimental win on Memories Only (inner) at Rotorua in April.

Racing people are known for their generosity in rallying with support of a good cause and there was no better display than at the Group One Turf Bar in Cambridge last Sunday.

A “Speedy Recovery” barbeque, which included an auction and several raffles, was held at Richard Bright’s popular bar to aid Rogan Norvall, who is slowly recovering from three breaks to his left leg, suffered in a barrier accident at the Te Aroha meeting last month.

Hosted by commentator George Simon, the fundraiser was a massive success with $11,600 raised to help Norvall.

“We hear so many negatives in racing but this is a huge positive,” said Peggy Erikson, a long-time Cambridge Jockey Club employee who, along with local horseman Harley Jonkers, got the fundraising battle rolling when organising a raffle at the Cambridge trials on May 10.

“Everybody got behind the day and it was great to see. There was a huge crowd and Rogan was very humbled by it all.

“A huge thanks goes out to everyone who bought or donated goods for the raffles and auctions and the successful bidders.”

What started out to be a single raffle organised at the Cambridge trials increased to four raffles because of the flood of donations and the winners were drawn at last Sunday’s function.

First prize of a wheelbarrow (donated by Farmlands Cambridge) full of goods was won by Sue Schick, while the second prize, a basket of homemade preserves and other products donated by Colleen’s Kitchen, went to a Group One Turf Bar regular, known as Gnome.

Former successful jockey Gary Edge won the third raffle and went on to donate his prize to Norvall, while Denny Moroney was the other raffle winner.

The function not only showed the popularity of Norvall, but also how close-knit and supportive the racing community is when help is needed.