THE family of an elderly woman whose house burned down last year will host a Valentine’s Day Ball on February 9. The event is the first of many fundraisers that the family have planned to help them rebuild their beloved grandmother’s house. Since the fire, the family say that they have been through a trying experience. However, over the Christmas holidays, they were able to come to terms with the loss of the property and appreciate that no one was hurt during the fire. Despite this, the family has chosen to keep the incident a secret from their grandmother (the owner of the house) as they do not want to overwhelm her in her fragile state.“We have chosen not to tell our grandmother until we can progress with the rebuild,” said family member Kevashen Ethiraju.Ethiraju said that, after December, efforts to raise enough funds to rebuild the home had slowed but they were hoping to kickstart their efforts through various fundraisers, the first being the Valentine’s Day Ball. Ethiraju thanked the public for the support they have given thus far, saying: “Our fundraising efforts have yielded some success and we are grateful to all those who have opened their hearts and wallets to our cause thus far. “We will be hosting fundraising events and other events over the next few months and are appealing to the public to support us while also enjoying the events,” said Ethiraju.The Valentine’s Day Ball will take place at the Pearl Room in Allandale on February 9 with meals being provided as well as various raffles and lucky draws taking place on the night.People wishing to attend are welcome to bring their own drinks. For further information, please contact Craig Naidoo at 083 414 1363.