Donkey Derby held in aid of Cansa

2016-06-09 06:00
PHOTO:  Lee Worlehrley and Kim Stonebridge in Eastern attire.

PHOTO: Lee Worlehrley and Kim Stonebridge in Eastern attire.

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MARGATE Masonic Lodge held its 17th Donkey Derby in aid of Cansa South Coast recently at the Bethanien Lutheran Church in Izotsha.

The theme was Far East and many dressed in Eastern attire for the event.

Cansa volunteer Diane Saunders and Graham Hack of Margate Masonic Lodge said 130 tickets were sold, making it a successful fund-raiser.

Saunders said this year’s event attracted 80 sponsors and thanked them for their support.

“This year’s event was a huge success with a lot of sponsors who made it possible. Sponsors donated over 300 vouchers,” she said.

Saunders explained how the derby works and how the pay-out works.

“At the beginning of each race, a donkey is auctioned with ownership of the donkey going to the highest bidder. The tote is opened and bets are placed on the colour of the donkey that one thinks will win.

“Once all the bets are placed the tote is closed and the jockeys line up in their respective lanes. The race is run using two dices - one with colours and the other with numbers - the jockeys then move when their colour is chosen and take steps according to the number thrown on the dice,” she said.

The winner of the first race was Paparazzi­ (green), who won R1 050.

Saunders said with the pay outs 65% of the total auction income went to the owner of the donkey and the remaining 35% of the auction and bet income is tallied and goes to Cansa.

Waitresses and waiters at the event were volunteers, and included Creston­ College pupils, who did their community service hours.

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