Kenilworth Racing Raises R140 000 for CANSA’s Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
11 August 2014: Kenilworth Racing successfully hosted the second annual Ladies Day at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 9 August 2014.
The well supported event kicked off at 11h00 with welcome drinks and the charming Oyster Kings.
Motivational speaker Ray, fighting the fourth stage of breast cancer, gave an uplifting speech, encouraging everyone to live each day as if it is your last.
Nina J Runway and Shelly Season showcased their collections “Wearable, sexy and all year round garments” and the beautiful models were absolutely incredible showing off these styles.
“Giggling gourmet” and raconteur, Jenny Morris, got the ladies going with her fantastic sense of humour when auctioning the book, “Cooking with Jenny Morris.” Despite a listed retail price of R400, generous and long-standing supporter of Cape racing, Lita Futerin raised her hand high at R3 000 to walk away with a signed copy.
The main course was served by the newly appointed caterers at Kenilworth Racecourse, Access Racing, and their hospitality team deserve plaudits for the delicious food served throughout the day.
Special congratulations to Louise, the lucky lady who won a diamond pendent to the value of R50 000, sponsored by eDiamond. The auction of Helga, the horse for the Highveld Horse Care Unit, went for R10 000.
There were regular prize giveaways leaving a lot of big smiles on faces. Indeed, no one left empty-handed – everyone walked away with an Opulent Living book, sponsored by Elizabeth Arden.
From 16h00, men were allowed to join in on festivities and so started the auction of Blu Tack, a filly from Mauritzfontein Stud donated by Mary and Jessica Slack. Included in the deal was free training for her entire racing career with outstanding conditioner, Dean Kannemeyer. Spirited bidding saw the filly knocked down to international racing owner, Fred Crabbia for R150 000.
With a supplementary donation of R10 000 being made, a total of R140 000 for CANSA (Cape Metro Care Centre) was realised, which they will use to assist in their wide range of health programmes, including screening and cancer control.
Another beneficiary, the WP Equine Trust of South Africa received a donation of R20 000.
MC Gabriel Shai provided top quality entertainment for the lively throng, with Tellytrack presenter and racing analyst Gareth Pepper providing selections and tips as the racing action unfolded.
Given tremendous support from all sponsors on the day, as well as the attending ladies entering fully into the spirit of the event, it made for a poignant yet ultimately inspiring gathering.