Racing community to come together at Kenilworth to support worthy causes

Racing community to come together at Kenilworth to support worthy causes

Sixteen community upliftment organisations will benefit from the Horses for Causes raceday, taking place at Kenilworth this Saturday, January 16. The meeting is part of likely the most exciting month of racing ever seen in South Africa, so the racing will be of high class. There will be plenty of on-course entertainment, which should ensure a fun family day out.
The sixteen charity organisations will be showcased in attractively set up marquee tents. Attendees will be able to learn exactly of the good work these charities do and how they benefit the under-privileged.

The meeting falls between the well received L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate of last weekend and the Investec Day Of Dreams meeting in two weekends’ time, which in turn falls a weekend before the traditional biggest Cape Town meeting, the J&B Met. Furthermore, the CTS Premier Yearling Sales takes place in the week before the Million Dollar. A month of such heady excitement proves that the Sport Of Kings is in a good place in South Africa. The participants and fans of this wonderful sport are also renowned for their generosity and there are in fact 15 charity racedays annually at Kenilworth alone. The sixteen charities on

Saturday are sure to experience the warmth of the racing community firsthand. The money raised will be split evenly between the participating charities.
The Gr 2 R400000 Horses For Causes Sceptre Stakes over 1200m, a weight for age event with penalties, is the main race on the day. It has attracted the brilliant dual Gr 1-winner Carry On Alice as well as Gr 1-winner Fly By Night, the talented and versatile Bichette, of whom the best has likely not yet been seen, the up-and-coming Cosmic Light and the narrow Gr 2 runner-up Cuvee Brut.
The supporting feature is the Listed Claremart Auction Group Jamaica Handicap over 2000m, which provides an opportunity for fillies and mares to increase their stud value by gaining black type.
The family-orientated entertainment programme will include mini cricket, tag rugby, celebrity sprints, live music, dance groups and fashion soirées.

VIP hospitality at this popular race day is available in both the Peninsula and Kenilworth Rooms. Invite friends, family, colleagues and clients and purchase a table of 10 for R 8000. This includes a three course meal, an afternoon of socialising, entertainment, horseracing, excitement and most of all, the opportunity to support the participating organisations and the work that they do, be it community upliftment in sport, education, waste recycling, music, dance, animal welfare or assisting those with disabilities.
(Call 021 424 5843/083 604 1577, or send an email to at for all hospitality and ticket options and for enquiries.)
Horses for Causes will see the following worthy charities benefit:

•·The Chaeli Campaign is an established organisation with a national footprint that works in the disability sector, running eight programmes for both children and adults.

•·JAG Foundation was established eight years ago and uses sport and play as a catalyst for change, exposing children in disadvantaged communities to an alternate life path.

•·Another worthy cause established eight years ago is the Kronendal Music Academy, formed to address the ongoing lack of cultural stimulation facing the youth and community as a whole in Hout Bay.

•·The Sunflower Fund, the main beneficiary of this year’s Ladies Day at Kenilworth, is also a beneficiary at Horses for Causes. This organisation actively recruits members of the public to register on the South African Bone Marrow Registry and improves the chances of life-saving transplants for serious blood disorder sufferers.

•·The Lucky Lucy Foundation is a Non-Profit, Pro-life, Pro-Quality of Life organisation that tries to relieve the plight of severely neglected and abused township and street animals.

•·JP21 Project is a fairly new organisation founded in 2014 which was formed to reignite the passion and enthusiasm for the game of cricket in underprivileged communities and schools, particularly in the Western Cape areas of Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein.

•·The Western Cape Grooms School Trust was established in 1998 and provides equine education, skills development of work riders and upliftment to grooms in the Western Cape Racing Industry.

•·The Africa Foundation uplifts, upskills and empowers rural communities primarily living adjacent to conservation areas in Africa and provides access to water and electricity, helps to establish commercial farms, construct classrooms, build and equip media centres, build and support clinics and provides bursaries and grants to aspirant community leaders.

•·Sporting Chance is an organisation which aims to provide opportunities for sporting achievement for children from all areas by offering professional coaching. Their idea is to get children off the streets, or away from computer games and televisions, and instil in them a love of sport.

•·Cart Horse Protection Association provides clinics, patrols and call out responses, veterinary and rehabilitation services to working cart horses and donkeys on the Cape Flats, and supports, educates and trains cart horse owners and drivers who make use of the working cart horses as a means of generating income, thereby protecting the working cart horses and preventing abuse.

•·Ikapa Dance Theatre utilises artistic excellent in dance as a mechanism to create socially relevant, publicly engaging performances and provides artistic training and life skills development for the youth in the communities of Cape Town.

•·Thrive Hout Bay’s purpose is to enable sustainable wellbeing by nurturing nature’s diversity, through bringing the community together via school awareness projects, and arranging and supporting events, as well as facilitating the formation of local enterprises that benefit the community and environment.

•·Al Maktoum School of Management Excellence is Summerhill Stud’s scholarship fund which furthers their ongoing commitment to education and training, by awarding scholarships to members of once-disadvantaged communities.

•·Ikhaya Elite, known as “crafts with a purpose”, was founded with a vision to create an empire where those with disabilities have a workshop in their area to maximize disabled people’s potential through enhancing their creativity and to live self-sustaining lives.