Jockey rides for Kids with Cancer Foundation

Craig Williams and his filly Apache Song are racing for Kids with Cancer in 2023 Spring Carnival. Picture: Supplied

By Violet Li

Star jockey Craig Williams has engaged with Kids with Cancer Foundation during this year’s Spring Racing Carnival with his cap featuring the foundation logo to highlight the charity spirits and encourage fans to donate to the cause.

Mr Williams has just competed in this year’s Flemington Melbourne Cup Day with his Cranbourne-trained filly Apache Song in the 2023 Desirable Stakes.

On 21 October, Mr Williams rode Apache Song in the Group 2 Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield, calling out to Kids with Cancer Foundation through a social media video filmed from his cap.

Apache Song is a homebred for David Baker’s Kilmore Thoroughbred Services and is trained by Michael Trotter.

She won her Moe maiden prior the Caulfield race by 6.5 lengths.

She ran second in her second start in the Redoutes Choice Stakes, and is aiming for a run in the Caulfield Thousand Guineas.

Apache Song is the first foal of the accomplished Gonski mare For a Song, which won races at Caulfield, Pakenham, Moe and Seymour and placed a further eight times in a 23-start career.

This is not the first time a David Baker horse has raced for Kids with Cancer, with For a Song racing for Kids with Cancer Foundation in 2017.

Mr Williams has been passionate about helping kids with cancer and their families, through raising awareness of nearly 800 children diagnosed with cancer each year, and funds to support the important programs provided by Kids with Cancer Foundation – including direct financial support to families, Care Packs, Wigs4Kids, plus funding critical hospital salaries and infrastructure, cancer research and more.

This year, Kids with Cancer Foundation marks 25-years of supporting kids with cancer and their families and celebrated providing over $30 million in funding nationwide through its programs.

At Kids with Cancer Foundation, 100 per cent of direct donations and fundraising activities go directly to funding the charity’s assistance programs.

All operational expenses are paid through three $2 raffles that are run throughout the year.

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