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BETDAQ hand rugby sponsorship to Mark Pollock Trust

9/12/2011
Online betting exchange BETDAQ are to give their London Irish shirt sponsorship to a spinal injury charity for this weekend’s Heineken Cup match with Racing Metro.

The rugby union side’s players will wear the logo of The Mark Pollock Trust on the back of their jerseys for the fixture, in place of the usual BETDAQ name, in order to help raise awareness of the charity.

The Mark Pollock Trust raises funds to assist with the capital and ongoing costs specifically associated with his spinal injury, including a team of rehabilitation specialists, physiotherapy equipment, visits to specialised spinal injury activity-based recovery centres and mobility solutions.

The charity was set up by Mark Pollock, a motivational speaker and adventure athlete who won two Commonwealth Games rowing medals for Northern Ireland and completed six marathons in a week, as well as racing to the South Pole in 43 days, despite having been blind since age 22.

Mark founded the trust after suffering serious injuries in July 2010 when he fell from a second story window, fracturing his skull, some ribs and breaking his back in a number of places – leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

BETDAQ marketing director Shane McLaughlin said: “Mark Pollock is an inspiration to everyone who has ever met him or heard his story. We hope that the additional publicity his Trust will gain during the London Irish game against Racing Metro will raise awareness of his incredible achievements and bring funds for his rehabilitation.”
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