Florida amateur drivers find a new cause

01:58 AM 01 Apr 2012 NZDT
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The harness racing 'Florida Amateur Driving Club' (FADC) has broadened the scope of their charitable giving and a trackside cheque presentation ceremony on Saturday evening, March 31 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park served to cement the new relationship going forward.

"Here in Florida we hadn't heard much about the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA), but when we did, the view was unanimous that we would throw our support behind it" said Jamie Marra, a driving force behind the FADC. "Until now our organization had focused on making donations to equine based charitable causes in South Florida but we feel great about being able to reach to the CHHA even though much of their work until now has been focused on tracks in the northeastern United States" he added.

The FADC's mandate calls for the membership, all fully licensed drivers, to donate the customary 5% commissions earned from their weekly events to charitable causes. "A few months back we surpassed a major milestone of more than $100,000 in donations to South Florida equine based charitable causes" Marra explained. "The CHHA does such great work in reminding horsepeople on so many backstretches of the hope and guidance of Christianity.

We're really proud of the chance to begin an alliance with the CHHA and are glad to help with defraying their monthly newsletter and website costs. The cheque we're presenting them with tonight brings to more than $112,000 the total of donations made by the FADC to date" Marra added.

For more information on the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association visit www.chha.net.

Frank SALIVE

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