The Dar es Salaam Charity Goat Races are expected be staged at the Green alongside the Kenyatta Drive on September 1, one of the organizers of the event who happens to be the founder Paul Johnson-Hicks confirmed yesterday.
Hicks said the final preparations for the city’s fastest fund raising event inaugurated in 2001 are complete.
The races have generated more than 544m/- equivalent to (345,000 $) and have benefited over 50 domestic charitable communities.
Over 3,000 people happen to attend the annual event filled with fun and unlimited excitements for the six-hour event.
“Many people are coming to the event each year, drawn by the opportunity to do a bit of fun betting, take part in the highly competitive fancy dress competitions and to enjoy food and drink outlets with friends and family,” said Hicks.
Besides the goat races, children have been earmarked a special area kindly sponsored by Game to enjoy unlimited fun and play.
The event aimed at generating funds to cater for the needy communities across the country.
Karen Stanley, one of the staunch volunteers of the event, said she has the pleasure of watching the goat races grow over the years.
She hailed the sponsors of the event for helping it reach this far and asked them to continue support.
‘The generosity of the sponsors, both big and small, means that we are able to raise large sums of money which is then donated to people who truly need and deserve our help. We could not do it without them, particularly those who pay to own a race,” she said.
A total of seven races will be on show during the day starting at noon.
Of the race owners, three have been predominant with rare consistency over the 12 years and these include British Airways, Tanzania Breweries and Southern Sun Hotels.
For the first time in this edition four other owners will be introduced to join the legends, the line up include Coca-Cola, British Gas, Aetna and Mantra Tanzania.’
Stanley named charities that stand to benefit out of the revenue to be generated from the races as Africa's Children - Africa's Future, Bibi Jann's Centre, Diocese of Central Tanganyika
,Foxes', Kidzcare Tanzania, Kigamboni Community Centre, Molly's Network, United Planet and Zanzibar Outreach Program