Racing with the stars!
26 October 2011
The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, a glorious event that brings together top racehorses and famous people in aid of charity, will be held at Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday 5 November.
One of JSE-listed racing company Phumelela’s major races of the year since 2005, the event is sponsored by the hospitality and gaming company Peermont and Emperors Palace, one of 14 properties operated by Peermont in South Africa and Botswana. The annual Charity Mile is the highlight of a blockbuster race meeting at which four other feature races will be run, including the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, which is restricted to qualifying graduates of the previous year's Ready To Run Sale and carries a stake of R2 million.
The Charity Mile is a unique and exciting way for Peermont, Emperors Palace and horseracing to assist people and animals less fortunate with the help of some of the country’s most talented celebrities. This event is a normal race in every sense but with a special emphasis that each runner races on behalf of a charity. Their finishing position determines how much the charity wins. To add glitz and glamour to the already exciting event, each runner is publicly represented by a celebrity. Some of the celebrities this year include Morning Live presenter Leanne Manas, 5fm DJ Anele Mdoda, SuperSport’s Neil Andrews and Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ryk Neethling.
A total of R550 000 will be given away to the 16 participating charities. The charity represented by the winning horse receives R100 000. The breakdown (should a runner be withdrawn, the relevant charity gets R20,000) is: 2nd place - R70,000; 3rd - R50,000; 4th - R40,000; 5th - R30,000; 6th - R29,000; 7th - R28,000; 8th - R27,000; 9th - R26,000; 10th - R25,000; 11th - R25,000; 12th - R20,000; 13th - R20,000; 14th - R20,000; 15th - R20,000 and 16th - R20,000.
The excitement and the joy of the representatives of the winning charity are the most touching moments at the Charity Mile. Last year’s first prize winner was Alderry, who ran for Emperors Palace-nominated Fortune Kunene Primary, who was represented by actress Mmabatho Montsho.
The Charity Mile is not only a great excuse to place a bet on horse racing but also to make an incredible difference to the lives of others.