Urban Sky Trust

Celebs Cash In For Charities

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TEAM Urban Lava represented by Samantha Laura Kaye and Allan Mills raced for the Urban Sky Trust and Red Sock Friday. 

Celebs Cash in for Charities - 18 December 2012 (The Herald: Kathryn Kimberley)

SIX Nelson Mandela Bay charities will have a very merry Christmas, thanks to the celebrities who descended on Port Elizabeth at the weekend to take part in the Incredible Race. By racing together instead of against each other, the celebs ensured each of their chosen charities would receive a portion of the prize-money. A little unorthodox, but when it comes to entertainers such as Big Brother star Ferdinand Rabie, rules are there to be bent – for a good cause, of course.
 
"We are all extremely competitive, so we just decided that everyone could benefit if we worked together," Rabie said.
 
The Amazing Race-type charity event, in its second year, kicked off with a bang on Saturday morning. Each celeb was assigned a partner, and together they were given certain tasks to fulfil before they could move on to the next round.
 
Olympic pole-vault champion Okkert Brits partnered with Port Elizabeth's Angela de Franca to raise funds for the ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre, while former Springbok rugby player De Wet Barry joined up with Juanita Krauspe to race for the Algoa Bay Council for the Aged and MTR Smit Children's Haven.
 
AlgoaFM presenter Lauren Mungur and Darryl Vorster raced for Community Chest, while Rabie partnered up with Colin Carmody for their charity, Little Fighters, an organisation which helps children with cancer. Mr PE Garneth Jaggers, together with Troy Theodosiou, raised funds for Isithembiso Babies' Home, and FHM and GQ model Samantha Laura Kaye partnered Allan Mills for Urban Sky Trust.
 
On day one the teams had to race through the city centre to locate some of the monuments on their map. They also had to take part in a paintball game, diski dance, an Afcon kickoff challenge, jump off the harbour wall into the ocean, and pass a lifesaving challenge under the watchful eye of members of the National Sea Rescue Institute.
 
Then, on Saturday evening, they were whisked off to the Zuurberg Mountain Inn to take part in a potjie competition.With the best-tasting potjie, team "Debt Correct" were given an advantage on day two. Brits and De Franca received 12 minutes off their starting time on Sunday.
 
But things did not go quite as planned, event organiser Lynn Erasmus said.By 10.30am on Sunday, the contestants, who by this stage had become best of friends, decided to split the prize-money equally among all the charities. Who was in the lead? The celebrities will not tell. While R30000 in prize-money was originally earmarked for the winning duo's charity of choice, this year's generous contestants, together with Port Elizabeth businesses, upped the prize- money to R54000. "This means six charities in the Bay will have a little something extra this Christmas," Erasmus said.

Rabie described the overall experience as awesome.He said although he was in the tourism industry, he had learnt a great deal about Port Elizabeth during the course of the competition. "At least with all the running around I got to work on my tummy," the funnyman said.