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Mascom Derby donates to Thuso Rehabilitation Centre

The exciting Mascom Derby might have come and gone, but to the Thuso Rehabilitation Centre, the Maun horse race has left more than just fun and excitement.  

The rehabilitation centre will have more than horse race memories as the annual sponsors of the derby Mascom Wireless donated P50 000 a day before the race (Saturday). This comes after Mascom Wireless, the annual sponsors of the derby, donated a whopping P50 000 to TRC a day before the event (Saturday).

Mascom Communications and Public Relations Manager Barbara Tshipana said that the donation was a huge part of the derby. “It is worth noting that the donation is a huge part of the Mascom Derby because we would like the community of Maun to know that we care about them and Mascom is a part of them,” expressed Tshipana.

The P50 000 donation is expected to assist the centre to renovate its therapy department which offers services that include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, orthopedic services, therapy, and rehabilitation as well as family and HIV counseling.

Thuso Rehabilitation Centre is a non profit NGO that was established through philanthropic efforts of the Lutheran Church of Botswana. It is a volunteer driven organization and a member of the Botswana Council of the Disabled (BCD) operating at community level. TRC was founded in 1988. It is a leader in providing habilitation and rehabilitation services including training of those with disabilities.

The Mascom Derby started in 2006 and was since held over the Easter holidays. In its maiden years, the race was held between Gaborone and Maun, until it was finally relocated to Botswana’s cosmopolitan tourism capital, Maun.

The race was previously known as the Mascom National Derby but was this year transformed to “Mascom Derby”.  Tshipana revealed that the name change is for the company’s branding purposes and that it was mostly influenced by the interest Mascom received from neighboring countries with the participation of Namibia and Lesotho.

Over 10 000 spectators graced the event this past weekend, despite its being threatened by heavy rains and being held a day late.

Local jockeys this year took turn and dominated the grand race unlike in previous years where it was mainly dominated by Namibian or Lesotho jockeys.


First position was scooped by jockey Issac Danny Simon from Charles Hill with the prominent John Douglas horse, jockey William Afrikaner from Namibia was second with Back to Bowler and in third position was another local resident from Jwaneng jockey Joe Roman with another popular horse, Body Builder.
 
Other horse racing categories were the  800m, 1000m, 1200m, 1400m, 1600m, and 1800m. The categories were divided by types of horse breeds being Tswana and Thorough Breeds.

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