Famous faces to be paired with world-class racehorses, all in the name of charity

Monday, October 5, 2015

The 2015 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile being run on the 31 October at Turffontein Racecourse will pair 16 celebrities with 16 racehorses for this Grade 2 race, with 16 charities receiving a share of the notable  R1 million donated by Peermont and Emperors Palace.

The barrier draw, being held on the 21 October at Emperors Palace, will pair each of the 16 thoroughbreds with a charity and celebrity.

Here we take a look at some of the celebrities we know well from our TV screens, more notably from many of our favourite soapies and magazine programmes, who will be taking horseracing to a new level on 31 October:

A regular celebrity at the annual Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, Amanda du-Pont is an actress television anchor/host, voice over artist, model, brand ambassador and business woman and resides between Johannesburg, Cape Town, and New York City. Swazi born du-Pont was recently in Zanzibar for a sizzling photoshoot after being chosen as the cover of Previdar Magazine, an honour previously enjoyed by Terry Pheto.

Joining the celebrities again this year is Hayley Owen who racegoers may recognize as the feisty character Angie from The Wild. Owen has also starred in Isidingo. She is also a presenter on e.TV, has a sports lifestyle show on Ballz Visual Radio and produces Educational Roadshows through her company, Actorvate. Owen‘s recent beautiful Dullstroom wedding, where she married athlete and businessman Shaun Watters, was featured on Top Billing.

Since winning the Top Billing dream presenter search, Jonathan Boynton-Lee has taken the South African entertainment scene by storm. This TV presenter is also an award winning and multi-talented filmmaker, as brilliant behind the camera as he is in front of it.   Jonathan is a family man and passionate about charity work. Boynton-Lee won both the title for Sexiest Man and also came out tops in the Favourite TV Presenter category at the 2015 YOU Spectacular Awards, showing once again that he really is a firm favourite with South African audiences.

The beautiful other half of Boyton-Lee is girlfriend Jay Anstey who is another Charity Mile celebrity this year. She is a familiar face to South African television viewers, and has starred in a string of local productions including Isidingo, Snitch Scandal. Anstey has also starred in a host of international series and feature films, including portraying the daughter of Tim Robbins’ character in the 2006 film Catch a Fire. Her modelling and acting accomplishments are many.

Adding to the list of celebrated South African actors is Justin Strydom, one of South Africa’s top television and film actors, having been a principle cast member in many local dramas, most notably including High Rollers, Pandjieswinkel, Getroud met Rugby, The Mating Game, Society, Snitch, Kruispad, Ietermago and Innocent Times. He has also made numerous appearances in the established ‘Soapy’ industry with roles in Isidingo (for which he won the SAFTA  for best supporting Actor), Binnelanders, 7de Laan and Egoli. He has also made a
guest appearance in Scandal and Generations.  Strydom is currently producing and head writing a Television drama for SABC 3 called ‘Roer Jou Voete’ (Dance Drama), and is working on High Rollers Season 3.

With this calibre of local TV celebrities taking part, the 2015 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile is an event not to be missed!

There are various hospitality options available, including a fully inclusive package in the Aquanaut or Furious Room and Deck with a prime view of the race track for R 850.00 per person, as well as packages including a buffet lunch and cash bar for R 475.00 per person. For hospitality bookings contact (011) 681-1702.

To make attending this exciting and significant race day all the more appealing, the rugby final will be broadcast on screens in all the main hospitality areas from 17H00.

The race is on but the ultimate winner is charity - Come and support world class racing, charity and rugby! See you at the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile one of the most popular on the racing calendar, on 31 October 2015.

Emperors Palace is a Peermont resort. For further information visit or call +27 (0) 11 928 1000. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @emperorspalace.


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