In spite of the difficult economic times, the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile will go ahead at Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday 31 October.
Even better news is that the 16 selected charities will still be splitting R1 million between them with no charity going way from Turffontein with less than R50,000.
The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile is a unique event in that each of the 16 horses will run for a charity.
The organisation that draws the winning horse will go home with R150,000. The second-placed horse will result in their charity receiving R100,000, R75,000 will be given to the charities represented by the third and fourth-placed horses, and all the other participating charities will receive cheques for R50,000.
To make the day a lot more fun, each charity will be represented by a celebrity. This year eight celebrities will be involved, and each will support two charities.
The charities are: Lesedi Programme – Electrical; Lesedi Programme – Carpentry; Lesedi Programme – Plumbing; Lesedi Programme – Air Conditioning; Titans Sky Blues Trust; Star School – Vosloorus; Star Schools – Springs; Emperors Palace Chambers of Commerce Trust (EPCoCT); EPCoCT – Mr Masinga; Highveld Horse Care Unit; Soweto Animal Rescue & Advisory Centre; Animal Anti Cruelty League; National Horse Trust; Animal Allies Rescue; Peermont Education Trust.
The celebrities invited are IBO Cruiserweight champion Kevin Lerena; former WBA Junior Lightweight champion Brian Mitchell, Platinum selling singer Zahara, jazz and Afro-pop singer Judith Sephuma, actress Itumeleng Bokaba, popular sport and racing presenter Neil Andrews and hilarious sports comedian Shampoonaiza.
Nominations for the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile and the other races on the card close on Monday 19 October.
The final field and draw for the charities draw will take place on Tuesday 27 October and will be shown on TellyTrack.