By Felix Andrew
PREPARATIONS for the Dar es Salaam Charity goat race which aims at supporting needy organizations in Tanzania has gathered momentum, organizer has said.
According to organizer, all preparations have been completed towards the event which is scheduled to be held on 16 September this year at the Green on Kenyatta drive in the city.
The Dar es Salaam Charity Goat Races main aim and objective is to raise funds for charities in Tanzania and at the same time to create a wider awareness in the community that there are those less fortunate than themselves who need support.
They said the race is ready to roll with goats’ hooves being polished, their races colours dusted down and all are raring to go.
The Goat Races is a fun family event, attracting crowds of more than 4,000 people from all over Dar es Salaam and elsewhere.
Many take part in the fancy dress competitions and enjoy the range of food and drinks available, as well as placing a bet or two in the races. And the range of games and activities in the dedicated kids area keep the hordes of children who come each year fully amused.
However, in all the fun, it’s important to remember that the Goat Races’ ultimate purpose is to raise money to support small Tanzanian organisations and charities and, at it’s heart, that’s what it’s really all about. Come and join us, have fun, and help us to make it count.
Since the first race was held in 2001, the Dar es Salaam Charity Goat Races have raised over 1 billion shillings for local charities, and in their 16thyear are on track to continue raising funds.
The idea of a Goat Racing event was brought here from Uganda, where in 1993, where some members of the business community came up with this novel way of raising money for charity.
The Goat Races were modeled loosely on Royal Ascot, except with a rather more practical beastie for East Africa – the racing goat.
Last year the Goat race support ten charity organizations namely the Daughters of Mary Immaculate & Collaborators (DMI) which has been working with poor and underprivileged women and children in Dar es Salaam since 2003.
Others are friends of Children with Cancer (FOCC), KidzCare Tanzania, Mango Tree, One World One Smile (OWOS), READ International, Tupendane, Zanzibar Outreach Programme (ZOP), Matumaini Centre for Physically Disabled Children and Their Families, Iyunga Center for Disabled, Help2Kids, St Paul English Medium Primary School and Malaika Orphanage Foundation.