What happens when a score of South Africa’s most loved celebrities lend their names to a good cause? A golden RUSH of racing excitement, coupled with more than just a DASH of smiling faces added to the mix. That’s exactly what the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup’s official charity drive, “Racing. It’s a Rush Celebrity Charity Dash” hopes to achieve come 28 November 2015; as Mzansi’s hottest celebs do their bit to help bring smiles to thousands of disadvantaged children this festive season.
Now in its fifth year, Racing. It’s a Rush Celebrity Charity Dash, will see 20 celebrities taking to the track to raise money for SOS Children’s Villages South Africa. One of Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup’s favourite fixtures, this friendly philanthropic competition will donate R844 151.25, which is more than double the amount collected in 2014. Taking Johannesburg’s premier equestrian and fashion affair to thrilling new heights, the winning celebrity will not only take the credit of being the fastest on the track, but the honour of handing over the cheque to SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.
Celebrities such as Jen Su, Stacey Holland, Clive Maistry, Jay Astey and Jonathan Boyton-Lee join the likes of hip hop artist Solo, rugby athletes Robbie Coetzee and Courtnall Skosan among others, ensuring a bigger, bolder, tougher and of course More Jozi dash than ever before.
“This is my first Celebrity Charity Dash campaign and I’m so honoured to be taking part,” former Miss South Africa Joan Madibeng said, adding: “SOS Children’s Villages is an incredibly inspiring initiative that make a huge difference in the lives of disenfranchised children looking for a place called home. Like any other celebrity taking part in this race who has been directly or indirectly affected by this dilemma, getting involved and lending a hand in such an important initiative was no brainer.”
Commenting on their involvement in this year’s celebrity dash challenge, Clyde Basel, Phumelela Sales and Marketing Executive said: “We are pleased to enter into our seventh year of hosting an event of this stature in Johannesburg, which reflects the generous spirit of the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup and indeed all its partners and most importantly the joy of giving. As an organisation, community building and development is of high importance to us as we believe it’s our responsibility to give our talents, time and treasure to serve others.”
As for recognising the vital work that SOS Children’s Villages do, Basel urges Gauteng horse racing enthusiasts to “put on their racing hats and make your way to Turffontein Racecourse…it’s time to help make a difference and recognise all the good work that SOS Children’s Villages has been doing”.
Seithuto Seakgwa, Marketing and Communications of SOS Children’s Villages South Africa, concludes: “On behalf of SOS Children’s Villages and the little ones we serve, a heartfelt thank you for your generous donation of R 844 151.25. We want to thank you most sincerely for your thoughtful support. This year’ donation is going towards our mother’s and youth care development. Thank you for believing in us and in what we do.”
Here are the 20 celebs who are taking time out of their hectic schedule, to feature in this year’s magical Racing. It’s a Rush Celebrity Charity Dash competition:
• Clive Maistry – Former Mr Africa finalist, actor and TV presenter
• Jen Su – Socialite & radio personality (CliffCentral.com)
• Danilo Acquisto – TV and radio personality (Afternoon Express/Good Hope FM)
• Mimi Mahlasela – 7de Laan actress
• Hayley Watters – Actress, radio DJ and businesswoman
• Jonathan Boynton-Lee – Top Billing presenter
• Joan Madibeng – Former Miss South Africa and business woman
• Eric Macheru – Skeen Saam star and former Ajax Cape Town soccer player
• Kgomotso Christopher – Isidingo star
• Jay Anstay – Film and TV actress and model
• Courtnall Skosana – Ruby player (Golden Lions winger)
• Raphael Griffiths – Actor (Muvhango), singer & TV presenter
• Stevie French – Actress 7 TV presenter
• Shelton Forbez – TV Presenter (Vuzu)
• Stacey Holland – TV/radio personality S
• SOLO – Rapper
• Tamerin Jardine – Former Miss Earth and radio personality
• Theo Jantjies – Actor
• Nicole Flint – Former Miss South Africa, TV/radio personality
• Robbie Coetzee – Rugby player (Blue Bulls)
About SOS Children’s Villages
SOS Children‘s Villages is an independent, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides family-based care to children in 133 countries and territories and that advocates the concerns, rights and needs of children, especially of those without parental care. For more information visit www.sos.org.za
SMS “SOS” to 42975 and donate R30
About MORE JOZI
The theme for this year “MORE JOZI” sews a celebration of the city through sports, art, history and fashion. There’s so much more happening in Jozi that any other city in Africa. The theme resonates with the quality of the cities old horse race tradition. Renowned for her beauty and glamour, Jozi has become synonymous with fashion, history, art and an all-round entertainment.
Transport your wardrobe from then to now with a mix of the old and new and a touch of Pink!
Jozi is More because everyone dresses to impress!
Jozi is More because the ordinary can become extraordinary!
Jozi is More because the paparazzi don’t chase after you, we are all Stars!
Jozi is More because everyone shines like a diamond!
Jozi is More because you never regret being here!
The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup general access ticket is R75 and this will give you access to Turffontein Racecourse, as well as the official Sound Experience after party (No U18’s allowed).
A host of hospitality options are also available: A R275 Jozi Circle option is the golden ticket to Gauteng’s not to be missed summer event of the year.
For those who really want an all-out VIP experience, R1 995 per person for the Summer Sound Experience package will get you racecourse admission, fully staffed hospitality in a luxury Bedouin facility with a view of the Sound Experience entertainment and horse racing rush, delicious meals, complimentary local bar, car park access, betting facilities and access to the all-important Sound Experience after party and private bar area.
Nothing is big unless it’s Jozi big! Tickets are limited so get to Computicket today!
Date: Saturday 28 November 2015
Time: 11am – 11pm
Venue: 14 Turf Club Street, Turffontein Racecourse, Johannesburg
Line-up: Mi Casa, Cassper Nyovest, Goldfish and Muzart, Goodluck and Vin Deysel
More About the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup
The R2-million Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup day-night race takes place annually at Turffontein Racecourse and has something for everybody – from Joburg’s greatest horse race, top thoroughbreds, trendiest celebrities, fashion-shows by top designers, huge betting pools, South Africa’s best entertainment and numerous chances to win big prizes. This is Gauteng’s “not-to-be-missed” event of the year.
The Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup’s stakeholders consist of the JD Group, Gauteng Tourism Authority, Phumelela Gaming and Megapro Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
Joburg’s biggest horse racing event serves as a vehicle to increase tourism to Gauteng by appealing to an international audience and expanding on the calibre of the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup by enhancing the experience of local and national visitors on race day.
To enjoy the best that racing has to offer fans can purchase tickets ranging from general access (R75) to a variety of premium hospitality options (maximum R2 845). The popular ‘Summer Garden’ has a variety of hospitality options; General (R395) or Summer Garden Festival (R695) where guests can spectate and celebrate from a beautifully curated, flower-themed area designed for a wonderful outdoor excursion in the heart of the city.