Every year the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile sees a host of South Africa’s best-loved celebrities descend upon Turffontein Racecourse for an event that gives back in a unique way. The day sees celebrities dressed to the nines to cheer home the stars of the turf as their finishing positions in the Charity Mile (Gr 2) determine what portion of the R1-million goes to their respective charities.
The concept is a simple one, 16 horses are paired with 16 celebrities, charities and media partners and everyone unites on the day to support one common goal which is to support those less fortunate.
Last year’s event was won by New Predator and was something of a family affair with Gavin Lerena the jockey in the irons while his cousin, and now world champion boxer, Kevin Lerena representing the Peermont Education Trust – Bursary Programme.
Other celebrities who were part of the glittering affair last year included Amanda du-Pont, a darling of the South African social scene, as well as popular Expresso hosts Zoe Brown and Katlego Maboe. Rapper and TV personality, Nomuzi Mabena wowed all with a dramatic, flowing dress while actress Michaela Russell, of Isidingo fame, was also a leading contender in the fashion stakes.
The best place to race from on the day is the popular City Deck area where you can enjoy a variety of delicious tastes, all enjoyed while overlooking the thrilling racing action on the track.
The Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile also forms part of the Summer In The City which means a host of fantastic days at the racecourse which culminates in the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup, the jewel in Johannesburg racing’s crown at the back end of November.
The Charity Mile raceday also offers the perfect opportunity to show off some of the finest fashions and trends this summer. There is no particular theme to think of which means anything goes as far as your interpretation of a day at the races is concerned.