Unique event: The Charity Mile


Every year the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile on Saturday 4 November sees a host of South Africa’s best-loved celebrities descend upon Turffontein Racecourse for an event that gives back in a unique way.

The day sees celebrities dressed to the nines at the rail to cheer home their particular horse. Each celebrity represents a horse in the Charity Mile and the horses’ finishing positions in the Grade 2 race determine what portion of R1-million goes to their respective charities.

The concept is a simple one, 16 horses are paired with 16 celebrities, charities and media partners who unite in one common goal, to support those less fortunate.

Last year’s event was won by New Predator and was something of a family affair because Gavin Lerena was the jockey in the irons while his cousin, world champion boxer Kevin Lerena, represented the charity Johan Janse van Vuuren’s charge ran for, the Peermont Education Trust – Bursary Programme.

Other celebrities who were part of the glittering affair last year included Amanda du-Pont, a darling of the South African social scene, as well as popular “Expresso” hosts Zoe Brown and Katlego Maboe. Rapper and TV personality Nomuzi Mabena wowed all with a dramatic, flowing dress while actress Michaela Russell, of “Isidingo” fame, was also a leading contender in the fashion stakes.

The best place to race from is the popular City Deck where you can enjoy a variety of delicious dished in a venue that overlooks the thrilling racing action on the track.

The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile also forms part of the Summer In The City which comprises a host of fantastic days at the racecourse culminating in the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup, the jewel in Johannesburg racing’s crown at the back-end of November.

Charity Mile Day offers the perfect opportunity to show off some of the finest fashions and trends this summer. There is no particular theme so anything goes in your interpretation of a day at the races.

Following Racing. It’s A Rush on Facebook, @Racing_ItsARush on Twitter and @racingitsarush on Instagram for some inspiration in the lead up to this year’s Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein Racecourse on 4 November. – Racing. It’s A Rush.

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