Uncle Jumbo’s is back with a bang

2015-11-18 06:00

IT’S that time of the year again where the Rotaract Club of Port Elizabeth puts together the Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party, which is its biggest fundraiser of the year.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Party, every year Uncle Jumbo, Noddy and his friends from Toyland put on a show at Heatherbank farm in Heatherbank Road. Father Christmas and Tinkerbell also make an appearance, as well as a marching band.

Parents get to relax on the hay bales while kids play and dance with the clowns and Uncle Jumbo. The proceeds from the show allow the Rotaract Club to treat children from orphanages to a meal and Christmas present, as well as funding all their charity initiatives for the rest of the year.

The Rotaract Club of Port Elizabeth is a non-profit organisation that does charity work in and around the PE region.

“We do various projects that help the disadvantaged and the needy in the area. Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party is our fundraiser and all profits go to charity in different forms from food parcels, blankets, animal shelters to maintenance work,” explained Laiken Bailey, club vice president.

“During Uncle Jumbo’s, we sell food and cooldrinks to the public to raise extra money. Any of this, including sweets and chips, that can be donated is a big help to our club. We also hand out hampers of chocolates as lucky draw prizes for the parents on each night. Our show runs for two weeks.”

The dates for the shows are every night from December 2 to 5. On December 6 it will be Charity night where the show will be hosted for free for a number of charity organisations who will also receive a meal and a Christmas present.

The public is urged to make donations in the form of gifts for children between the ages of 3 and 11. The show resumes for the public on December 9-13. Tickets are on sale at Computicket.

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