neil andrews and robert marawaNeil Andrews and Robert Marawa at the 2007 Charity Mile draw

The draw for celebrities connected to runners for this year’s Charity Mile November Handicap are out, and the Summerhill horses have drawn better at this level than they have in their slots for the race.

Top weight, Catmandu, has drawn glamour socialite Edith Venter, while El Padrino has drawn ex Bok coach and friend of the farm, Jake White, while Oscar Pistorius has picked up “the ride” on Craig Eudey’s charge, Thandolwami.

Phumelela pays a minimum of R20000 to every one of the charities, including those connected with the last horse home in the field of 16. The winning charity earns +- R100000.

The 16 charities in the running for the R100 000 purse are :

The Thusanani Childrens Foundation

Thusanani is an African word that means “Helping Each Other” and represents a loving and professional group of occupational therapists with a passion for bettering the lives of the many children orphaned in underprivileged areas, in children’s homes, crèches and informal settlements in Gauteng. The foundation aims to help babies and young children who have been orphaned through HIV/AIDS, abandonment or abusive home environments.

The Society for Animals in Distress

The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) was formed in 1958 to administer professional veterinary care to animals, including large animals - particularly coal-yard horses - belonging to low and no- income earners in areas where veterinary care is otherwise inaccessible. It currently works in nine townships and informal settlements around Johannesburg: Tembisa; Winnie Mandela Park; Ebony Park; Ivory Park; Mooiplaas; Diepsloot; Olievenhoutbosch; Zevenfontein and Cosmo City.

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (SAGA) was founded in 1953 to enhance the mobility, independence and dignity of blind and partially sighted people and to advocate the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons with disabilities. SAGA is committed to providing excellent aftercare services to blind and partially sighted people and their guide dogs for the lifetime of the dog.

National Horse Trust

In 1989 the South African horseracing industry through the then Association of Racing Clubs of Southern Africa started the National Horse Trust and developed a programme unique to South Africa to try and reduce potential neglect and deterioration of thoroughbreds after their racing careers. The trust helps change attitudes by teaching children the right way to treat animals and by educating the public about equine welfare and cruelty.

Free Me

Free Me is a centre for the rehabilitation of wildlife. Established in 1997, it aspires to be a world-class, self-sustaining rehabilitation facility for indigenous wildlife in Southern Africa. Its mission is to rehabilitate and release indigenous wildlife back into a natural habitat, whilst maintaining the highest ethical standards and furthering conservation.

San Michele

San Michele opened its doors in 1945 to serve the whole community by providing an essential non-denominational home for intellectually and physically disabled people. The home provides professional care as well as a family environment to enhance and develop the physical, social and emotional needs of all residents, thereby helping them to fulfil their maximum potential in life.San Michele is home to 180 permanent residents and 10 day-care disabled people.

Association for the Physically Disabled: Greater Johannesburg

The Association for the Physically disabled has been in operation for more than 70 years and its primary focus is to assist people with disabilities and their families to resolve personal problems, both psychological and physical - and empower them to develop an independent lifestyle. The association also has a home-care or attendant-care service unit which deals with the daily physical needs of the permanently and temporarily disabled.

Soweto Home of the Aged

The Soweto Home of the Aged was started in 1988 in central Jabavu (Soweto) under the directorship of the Soweto Care for the Aged. Its aim is to provide total social, cultural, political and economic upliftment for the elderly and destitute. The home currently accommodates 92 senior citizens with full board and lodging and employs 42 employees to provide 24-hour care and auxiliary services.

Alberton Record Upliftment Fund

This organisation was established some eight years ago as a vehicle for the newspaper to support charities in its distribution area. Over the years, the fund has supported the aged, needy children, disabled (young and old), aids hospices and many other charities.

Sithabile Child and Youth Care Centre

The Sithabile centre was established in 1994 to rehabilitate and educate children from the farms surrounding Dawn Park in eastern Gauteng. A day-care centre until 1997, it has since expanded into a home where people receive love, meals, shelter and education. Sithabile creates a safe haven for children who are survivors of abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

WWF South Africa

WWF South Africa was founded in 1968 by the late Dr Anton Rupert. In the last 40 years, this national office of the leading global conservation organisation has been dedicated to conserving South Africa’s natural heritage, which includes not only plant and animal species, but also its people. The mission of this organisation is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Takalani Special School

Takalani Special School was initiated by the community of Soweto in 1991 and is situated in Diepkloof. The school caters mainly for severely intellectually impaired learners. It equips trainable learners with skills that will turn them into self-managing, independent and responsible adults. Most of the learners come from low socio-economic conditions. Most of the parents or guardians are unemployed or simply unemployable because they are, more often than not, handicapped themselves. Takalani has enrolled a total of 260 learners this year.

Logwood Village

Logwood Village is a home for adults with intellectual disability and is situated in Muldersdrift. Its mission is to provide holistic care for mentally challenged people in a sustainable, protective environment that offers the opportunity for self-development and quality of life. The home offers permanent residence for adults with an intellectual disability, respite care for short-term placements, opportunities for day workers in its protective workshop and employment opportunities for rural community partners.

Animal Anti-Cruelty League

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956. It is South Africa’s second largest independent animal welfare organisation, relying entirely on the generosity and goodwill of the animal-loving public for financial support. The league gets involved with all aspects of animal welfare - shelter for abandoned animals, an efficient adoption programme, prosecution of animal cruelty cases, welfare hospitals for lower income groups, visits to underprivileged areas with fully equipped mobile clinics and regularly addresses to schools and clubs on the challenges of animal welfare.

SAPS Widows and Orphans Fund

The fund was established on 23 July 1920. It provides financial assistance to the widows and widowers whose spouses were contributing members of the organisation, and their families.

Wentworth Development Forum

The Wentworth Development Forum is a community structure operated on a voluntary basis. Established in April 1994, it educates the Wentworth youth about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol abuse, gang-affiliations, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies, environmental issues and the importance of staying in school. It also conducts workshops on women empowerment and in association with other organisations assists in taking care of the aged and disabled and it works hand in hand with government institutions on housing and other issues affecting the community.