The popular Royal Ascot Goat Races have launched to support an Eco Brick project to build toilets aimed at improving sanitation at the Good Samaritan High School in Kamwokya.
The goat races are part of Ruparelia Foundation’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Goat races which will happen on 12th October 2019 at Speke Resort Munyonyo was launched on Thursday 20th June 2019 at Kabira Country Club.
Speaking at the launch, Rajiv Ruparelia, the Managing Director at Ruparelia Group said that last year’s goat races event that returned after 6 years was a success, noting that it’s the reason why they have decided to hold it again as an annual event.
“After deliberations with my sister, we agreed to bring back the goat races last year and we are glad that even after having taken a long break, it was an incredibly successful event and the crowds that came enjoyed it. The Goat Races are more than just another event in Uganda; it’s a place where people can come and network and mix along with business, pleasure and have a fun humorous time with good food and drinks all day long,” Rajiv said.
He noted that Goat Races will get bigger and better.
Cathy Twesigye, Brand Manager, Premium Beers at Uganda Breweries, the platinum sponsors of the event said: “…while you experience all the fun and excitement, you’ll be able to enjoy the unmistakably rich, fresh premium taste of Tusker Malt Lager.”
The goat races will entail eight races over the course of the day, with each race featuring eight goats. Anyone can sponsor a race, or buy a goat to participate in a race. The proceeds generated from the races will then go to said charity.
Races go for anything between Shs6m and Shs10m while goats go for between Shs500,000 and Shs1m.
Gold Star, Euroflex and Orient Bank have already acquired goats for themselves.
Tickets to the Goat Races will go for Shs50,000, with early bird offers at Shs30,000. VIP, which entitles you access to the owners’ hospitality tent costs Shs350,000 for early Bird and Shs400,000 at the gate.
There is a special weekend package for event goers who will want to avoid the traffic gridlock..
A deluxe package with two tickets to the event goes for $149 while an executive suite goes for $400. It comes with two tickets to the event and entrance to the owners’ tent.
By Drake Nyamugabwa