Charities scoop over R100 000 at raceday challenge

2008-12-12 00:00

Last Sunday the old adage “charity begins at home” proved to be true when Gold Circle Horseracing and Betting hosted six local charities at the Gold Circle Weekend Witness Charity Challenge Raceday at Scottsville Racecourse. The event was organised to provide local charities with an opportunity to raise much-needed funding, with over R100 000 being raised.

The charity challenge, the fifth annual event of its kind, provided a platform for a range of charities, including the Rotary Club of Azalea PMB, the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest, Open Gate Special School, the Lions Club of PMB, the KZN Deaf and Blind Society PMB and the Camperdown Peace, Maritzburg County and Dromedaris Masonic Lodges.

As part of the drive to assist charities to make money, Gold Circle sponsored a marquee, tables and chairs for each charity, who in turn sold a variety of lunch packages to patrons.

Charities were also invited to “Dig for Gold” in a competition sponsored by Gold Circle, where a total of R10 000 was randomly drawn by the charities. Children were also given toys and each organisation received a scanner and printer from the office supplies company Canon.

This year’s event was an astounding success, according to raceday promotions manager for Gold Circle, Monica Holman.

“This year’s event has eclipsed previous years. The charities had more people in their marquees than ever before, which translates into more funds for their organisations”.

Anand Naicker, chairman of the KZN Blind and Deaf Society, said his charity managed to create public awareness as well as raise funds.

“For us, this event was not just about money, but also about raising public awareness about the plight of the differently enabled, to show that they are human beings who need understanding and support, not sympathy,” he said.

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