Fun at the races to aid charity coffers

2015-08-25 06:02
Anneline Schweitzer, Hayley Burger, Elizabeth Jacobs Endo and Clellind Fivaz.

Anneline Schweitzer, Hayley Burger, Elizabeth Jacobs Endo and Clellind Fivaz.

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It was a day of fun, good food and entertainment as Ladies Day was celebrated at Kenilworth Racecourse last week Saturday.

Women dug deep into their pockets for a worthy cause.

Through the activities of the day there was over R300 000 being raised for the Sunflower Fund.

The Sunflower Fund is a non-profit organisation with a vision to give all South Africans diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance of life, irrespective of their race and financial circumstances.

The Fund’s core purpose is to educate, recruit and raise funds to build and sustain an effective and diverse South African Bone Marrow Registry so as to improve the chances of life-saving transplants for serious blood disorder sufferers.

All funds received will be used to include new donors onto the South African Bone Marrow Registry so if a child is diagnosed with leukaemia or any other life threatening blood disorder, they will be able to find their donor match.

Due to the one in 100 000 chance of finding a compatible donor within your own ethnic group at least 100 000 donors are needed for a Registry to function effectively and in South Africa, the Registry should ideally have 400 000 donors representative of all ethnic groups. In South Africa they are currently on 70 000. It costs The Sunflower Fund R2000 each time they put a new donor onto the registry.

Janine le Roux of the Sunflower Fund says the money will go a long way. “This generous amount will enable us to recruit no less than 150 donors and will give hope to those diagnosed with leukaemia or any other life threatening blood disorder. We are so grateful to Kenilworth Racing for choosing the Sunflower Fund as the beneficiary of the auction of the filly Spending Spree. We are delighted with the very generous amount received for the auction as it will help us in so many ways,” says Le Roux.

A further fundraising element of the day was the auction of ‘Harper The Horse’, a mascot that was glitzily dressed in keeping with the day’s ‘Vegas’ theme. The proceeds of R14 000 from the auction was donated to the Horse Care Unit.

Jenny Morris South Africa’s own “Giggling Gourmet”, celebrity chef, was the master of ceremonies for the day and once again displayed her recipe for success by entertaining informatively and informing entertainingly something she does with flair.

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