Puddings rise

2018-10-09 06:01
Volunteers preparing the Christmas puddings in large bath tubs at Vera School for learners with autism in Rondebosch East.

Volunteers preparing the Christmas puddings in large bath tubs at Vera School for learners with autism in Rondebosch East.

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Members of the Children’s Christmas Pudding Fund held their 53rd annual Christmas fundraiser in aid of the needy, last Monday, at Vera School for learners with autism.

The group of volunteers, including both children and adults, made more than 1600 puddings at this year’s event, and thereafter sold them at R75, R105 and R150 each.

Carla Stewart, spokesperson for the group, says the first pudding mix took place in 1965 when Alex and Jean McGregor wanted to raise funds for people in need.

“Friends of the two each contributed a different ingredient, and so the first 12 large puddings were baked in family stoves and subsequently sold to generate funding.

“Today over 2500 puddings are produced annually, necessitating the supply of huge quantities of ingredients and then mixed entirely by hand, in bath tubs, with the assistance of both children and adults.”

Stewart says Vera School, Woodside Sanctuary also known as Woodside Special Care Centre, Leliebloem House and Hout Bay APD are set to benefit.

She thanked volunteers schools, churches, organisations, Athlone Pharmacy, Diabetic 101’s ladies’ walking group and families from all walks of life for volunteering.

She also praised the Christmas Pudding Committee. “The charity’s efforts were also done to achieve and execute the goal to weigh, pour, count, chop, grate, carry and mix – quite a logistical nightmare, but all performed in an atmosphere of great jollity at Vera School for learners with autism.”

She says the fund has grown to considerable proportions. “Leliebloem House has been blessed with the outcome of the project by bringing in approximately R55 000 to R60 000 on an annual basis.”

She appealed to the public for support.

V Email Stewart at carlastewart002@gmail.com.


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