3 June 2011 - Champion Victorian driver Chris Alford has capped a month to remember by raising a stunning $50,000 for the fight against neurofibromatosis (NF). Clearly spurred on by his NF Awareness campaign and four-year-old daughter Katie, the statistics show that Alford was the best driver in Australia throughout May, accumulating 31 wins (at a stellar average of one per day), 28 seconds and 24 thirds from 150 total drives. Alford’s victories included a pair of Vicbred Semi-Finals aboard Aussie Made Lombo and Suave Stuey Lombo, plus the Cinderella Stakes with elite mare Broadways Best. The Alfords went into the month hoping to raise $10,000 and reached this target within the first week, overwhelmed by the support of the Victorian harness racing industry. The final tally of almost $50,000 reflects Chris’ driver fees, pledges from fellow drivers and trainers, donations from members of the public and events such as the Gala Fundraiser that was staged at Tabcorp Park on May 20. Chris Alford said, “We are blown away by the generosity and goodwill shown by friends, colleagues and even complete strangers.
For more information on Neurofibromatosis (NF) or to pledge your support, visit www.nfaa.org.au