Hollywoodbets handed over a brand-new vehicle to PinkDrive at the Nelson Mandela Community Youth Centre in Chatsworth. Janice Benecke, PinkDrive
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19 April 2021 SA HRacing
The launch of the Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge was fittingly held in the Hollywoodbets Greyville parade ring today and it was announced that the stake for the prestigious Grade 1 weight for age event would rise from R500,000 to R1 million which makes it the current second richest race in the country behind the Vodacom Durban July.
On Wednesday, 7 April 2021, betting operator, Hollywoodbets, the South African Taxi Association (SANTACO), and the Ntenga Foundation stepped up for their communities by handing over 900 pairs of school shoes to children across the eThekwini districts.
A community-focused betting operator, Hollywoodbets, has donated a brand-new container and kitchen equipment to owner of TNP fast foods, Mpho Modisane at Soweto recently. Hollywoodbets’ Gauteng branchRegional Manager, Charles Zama has handed over to owner of the fast food on the bustling Vilakazi street.
Leading South African betting operator, Hollywoodbets has announced the launch of their inaugural “Back to school” campaign. This initiative will inject an amount of about R2.5 million into educational development across South African schools in need.
Leading South African bookmaker, Hollywoodbets, and the Lighthouse Foundation, founded by starlet, Nomzamo Mbatha, continue to expand their support towards the tertiary education sector by making a massive investment of a further R1 million in 2021.
As part of 'The Future is Bright' campaign, South African bookmaker Hollywoodbets and the Lighthouse Foundation - founded by local celebrity Nomzamo Mbatha, are expanding their support towards the tertiary education sector by investing a further R1m in 2021.
The Comrades Marathon is one of the biggest annual events that takes place in KwaZulu-Natal. Like many others, this event too had to adapt to the current pandemic. As a result, 2020 saw the first ever Comrades virtual race campaign. Leading bookmaker, Hollywoodbets, who are the usual halfway mark sponsors of the race, wanted to ensure that they could still be involved in some way or the other.
Hollywoodbets got involved in Shaheen Shaw and Rasheeda’s 200 strong gathering on Sunday for Women’s day. The feeding scheme, just a matter of kilometers away from Muizenberg, where Shaheen was born, was started before lockdown.
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Leading South African bookmaker, Hollywoodbets, was excited to receive the news that they were nominated for Sponsor of the Year for the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards. The nomination came about because of the great work they’ve been doing with the Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal coastal women’s provincial cricket team.
In an effort to make a larger impact on the community, Hollywoodbets chose to team up with their cricket brand ambassador, Mike Procter, to show some much-needed COVID-19 relief support to the community of Phoenix in KwaZulu-Natal. He has been involved with the school for 10 years, offers cricket coaching to the children free of charge and runs the physical education programme for over 1100 children.
In partnership with Mike, Hollywoodbets embraced the Ottawa Community as part of their COVID-19 relief response. Two separate handovers took place through the Ottawa Primary school. A total of 450 food parcels were distributed to vulnerable families of the learners, as well as to other community members who were in dire need.
The Comrades Marathon is one of the biggest annual events that takes place in KwaZulu-Natal. Like many others, this event too had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, 2020 saw the first ever Comrades Virtual Race Campaign. Hollywoodbets, who are the usual halfway mark sponsors of the race, wanted to ensure that they could still be involved in some way or the other. The company, therefore, made a donation of R12 500 which went towards supplying 95 food hampers to the community of Esikhelekehleni in Drummond.
“We have been involved in the Comrades Marathon for the past 11 years, and more specifically with this community for the past four years. Usually, we donate excess supplies to the Esikhelekehleni community and this year too, we wanted to ensure that we continued supporting them. We have seen how much the developments have grown over the past few years and we are really excited to be back for another handover,” said Brand and Communication Manager for Hollywoodbets, Devin Heffer.
R1 million to Grooms
The 1000th winner in KwaZulu-Natal horse racing’s Grooms Initiative, proudly powered by Hollywoodbets and Gold Circle, brought up the significant milestone of R1 Million having been awarded to winning grooms since its inception in October 2019. The 1000th winner received his prize at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday, 6 January 2021 in the final race of the day.
The initiative sees the rewarding of R1 000 to the groom of the winning horse of every race at the Hollywoodbets Greyville and Hollywoodbets Scottsville racecourses, over and above the earnings paid out from their stable. Bongani Mayeshema, the groom of the 6-year-old gelding, LESLIES PATHTOFAME, was announced as the 1000th Grooms Initiative winner on Wednesday, 6 January. Mr Mayeshema, who works for trainer Frank Robinson, was presented with the normal R1 000 cash incentive, a commemorative trophy and an additional bonus of R1 000 for being the 1000th milestone winner.
Hollywoodbets’ My Community Programme and Nomzamo Mbatha’s Lighthouse Foundation united to donate R1.35 million to South Africans suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, via their “Brighter Future” campaign. South African starlet Nomzamo Mbatha partnered with Hollywoodbets to reach out to those who truly need it. Hollywoodbets made One Million Rand available to the My Community Programme in order to bring some relief, and a brighter future to NPOs and NGOs across South Africa’s nine different provinces. This initiative provided financial support to several beneficiaries, basic hygiene items, food as well as other essentials. The Lighthouse Foundation and the Hollywoodbets My Community Programme also made a R50 000 donation to the Nelson Mandela Foundation as well as a R300 000 contribution towards the Solidarity Fund.
National Horse Trust
Hollywoodbets committed to donating a total of R2 250 000 to the National Horse Trust (NHT) over a period of three years. Horse racing is a large part of the business, so it was an important organisation for the Hollywoodbets team to invest in. This large investment will enable the NHT, and the horse care units operating under its umbrella, to continue doing the important work of caring for retired racehorses, and neglected and abused equines, as well as continuing rural outreach educational programmes to help those relying on horses and donkeys as a means of income.
The NHT has been looking after the health and protection of equines since 1988. Currently, the Trust is the benefactor of three affiliated care units located in Gauteng, Port Elizabeth and KwaZulu-Natal. Even though the organisation was started specifically with the care and protection of retired race horses in mind, it has extended its sphere of influence and responsibility to now embrace all neglected and abused horses and donkeys. The NHT achieves this by educating rural equine owners on how to properly care for these animals, as well as relocating abused or neglected horses and donkeys when needed. The Trust heavily relies on donations from the public in order to continue doing this important work.
The Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race that takes place in KwaZulu-Natal. Hollywoodbets is proud to have been a part of it for the past 11 years, and also to have been the halfway mark sponsor for 2017, 2018 and 2019. A huge part of our involvement includes giving back to the community of Drummond where our refreshment station is based. Each year, we work with this community by engaging with the local chief in terms of what is required, and then delivering any remaining usable stock to them. This year, the event had to adapt to the current pandemic. As a result, 2020 saw the first ever Comrades Virtual Race Campaign, and we wanted to ensure that they could still be involved in some way or the other. We, therefore, made a donation of R12 500 which went towards supplying 95 food hampers to the community of Esikhelekehleni in Drummond.