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Rea, Laverty donate leathers for Garrett fundraiser

By Paul Lindsay

Published 20/10/2016

Top gear: Jonathan Rea with the leathers he has donated for auction in aid of Wayne Garrett
Top gear: Jonathan Rea with the leathers he has donated for auction in aid of Wayne Garrett

Reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, who is on the verge of retaining his title, and MotoGP star Eugene Laverty have both thrown their support behind a fundraising night in aid of injured Motocross star Wayne Garrett.

The Comber rider, who is a multiple Ulster and Irish champion, suffered serious spinal injuries in a crash back in July at Doon Motocross Park in County Westmeath.

Ulster stars Rea and Laverty have each donated a pair of their respective racing leathers, which should fetch in excess of £2,000 apiece at this Saturday's fundraiser in the Temple Golf Club, Boardmills, just outside Lisburn.

There are numerous other items up for auction, including signed shirts from the Tyco BMW team and LCR Honda MotoGP paddock passes.

31-year-old Garrett is a popular figure in the sport having represented Ireland in the Motocross of Nations at both Under-21 and senior level. He also rode for Rea's JAR Honda team in 2012 and 2013, which was managed by Rea's brother Richard.

As a member of Ards Cycling Club, Garrett has also received support from his fellow Peninsula cycling buddies, who, along with a whole host of top motorcycle riders from tarmac and off-road, as well as fans from all over Ireland, will pack into Temple Golf Club this Saturday night from 8pm.

Garrett spent seven weeks in the Mater Hospital in Dublin - where he had two operations to stabilise his spine - and just over three weeks in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital. He is now in Musgrave Park undergoing his rehabilitation and, as we have come to expect from Garrett, he is giving 100 per cent as always and staying positive despite his injuries.

Event organiser Kenny Smyth, who is a close friend of Garrett, has urged fans to turn up as early as they possibly can as space will be limited, but all are welcome to attend.

For more information, please email: kennysmyth@yahoo.co.uk

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