Marcus and his wife Sharon lost their son Tom to a brain tumour in August 2009, one day before his 18th birthday and since then through the support of their town of Singleton have raised more than $800,000 for the CCIA.
"After Tom's death I thought I might splurge on a share in a horse and after seeing one for sale on New Zealand trainer's website I made some enquiries," Kirkwood said.
"Smolda came across for the NSW Derby and we thought he would make a good ambassador for the CCIA drawing valuable attention for the Institute if he raced in the colours ofbut carried the logo of the CCIA."
After a brief discussion with the other part owners it was quickly agreed upon.
"Fellow owners Neil Pilcher and Phillip and Glenys Kennard embraced it and Mark and his partnerwillingly adopted the idea and proudly wear the colours, maybe it is some Anzac spirit"
"While the royal blue and silver grey colours are highly visible slightly less obvious are the words around the cuffs of the sleeve, they read 'Our Mate Tom', so Tom will be there on Inter Dominion day."
The CCIA has conducted world-class childhood cancer research for 25 years working towards their vision to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering.
Smolda will start from barrier eight on Sunday afternoon and will have plenty of supporters cheering him on.
By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)
Greg Hayes - SKY Racing
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |
22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200
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