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World wide food bank donations coming in

12:00 AM 01 Dec 2018 NZDT
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Harness racing Jaiden Gingras, harness racing Harness racing
Watson Harrop, Jr. with his daughter and the manager of Tesco John Bailey
Jaiden Gingras fills their shopping cart with father Yannick
Noel Ryan in Dublin, Ireland doing his #FOODBANK NOMINATION
A simple act of kindness by 29-year-old Watson Harrop Jnr from Durham in The North of England has become a major hit on harness racing social media both in the UK, Ireland and is spreading across the globe.
Harrop who is strongly involved in harness racing was passing the Food Bank in his local Tesco store.
"I noticed that the food bank never seemed to have a lot in it so off I went filled a trolley and saw it as a chance to do something for those less well off than myself," Harrop said.
"I knew the generosity of those involved in harness racing so I stuck up the video on Facebook nominating others to do the same .
At first I thought it might get a few responses but to be honest it has ballooned and gone world wide.
"Harness Racing may be a minority sport here in the UK but people have connections worldwide and the biggest names in the sport on both sides of the Atlantic have got involved" added Harrop.
In the UK all the "faces" in the sport have come on board from top trainer Alexis Laidler to bookmaker Barry "Pinno"Pinnington, promoter Anthony Fettah and Mr Tir Prince Eric Witherspoon.
The project has swept across the Irish Sea with leading reinsmen John "JR" Richardson ,Simon Duggan and Noel Ryan doing the challege along with Alan Wallace of the Newtown Stud and Derek Delaney from the Oakwood Stud. Leading Irish bookmaker Dan Carlin set a trend with a video well worth a view.
Next stop was the USA and Yannick Gringras Chris Oakes and Sean Bier were quickly off the mark to help.
It is hoped that the nominations will continue up to Christmas.
It is hoped that everyone will visit #foodbanknomination or Watson Harrop Jnr pages on Facebook and do a little to help those in need at Christmas.
by TIm Kelleher
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