Racehorse owner’s act of kindness inspires Surrey Food Bank donation

The pledge of a month's earnings at Fraser Downs for one horse adds up to thousands.

Fraser Downs race horse Buddy's Hope

A generous offer to donate a month’s earnings from a Cloverdale racehorse to the Surrey Food Bank will go a long way to ensuring the shelves won’t go bare now that Christmas is over.

‘Buddy’s Hope’, owned and trained by Daniel Gaboury, raced at Fraser Downs three times in December, earning $2,000.

In making his pledge, Gaboury had said he hoped Buddy could help fill the shelves at the food bank going into the new year.

The horses earnings were matched by Harness Racing B.C., and Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino.

Gaboury’s tremendous act of kindness inspired other trainers and horse owners at Fraser Downs to back the cause.

On Jan. 9, Jackson Wittup, executive director of Harness Racing B.C., and John Yip, assistant general manager of Fraser Downs, presented the Surrey Food Bank with a $8,400 donation.

The Surrey Food Bank is a charitable, non-profit organization committed to assisting low-income individuals and families who live in Surrey and North Delta.

The organization operates solely from donations of money and food provided by local business and individuals.

On average, Surrey Food Bank serves 250 households each day. To learn more about the Surrey Food Bank, please visit www.surreyfoodbank.org.

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