Tree of light to raise R1.4m

2018-11-20 06:01
The tree of lights.

The tree of lights.

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Buy lights and join the hundreds of people who will be remembering their late loved ones during a Tree of Lights ceremony at the St Luke’s Combined Hospices on Sunday 2 December from 17:00 to 21:00.

About 300 people are expected to be part of the outdoor event dedicated to honouring and celebrating their late loved ones. The event aims to raise funds for the
hospice. These funds are needed to provide palliative care at both the inpatient and decentralised hospices and in the comfort of the patients’ homes.

Ronita Mahilall, CEO of St Luke’s, says they need funds to meet their annual cash flow need of R1.4m

She says the hospices have a dedicated team of nurses, social workers, spiritual carers, doctors, counsellors and volunteers who offer care to frail patients.

Although entry at the event is free, the public is urged to buy lights that will be kept lit at the hospice throughout
December.

According to a statement from the organisation, “The tree lighting ceremony has become a tradition on the Cape Town holiday calendar and is a festive and celebratory occasion where the public can enjoy a myriad of stalls selling food, crafts, arts and entertainment. Joining a vibrant caring community makes for a shared experience that launches the holiday season in celebratory fashion.

“The public are invited to sponsor a light and to join the annual Tree of Lights event where the magnificent five-storey-high Norfolk pine will be lit in remembrance of those who have a special place in our hearts. It is ultimately a celebration of life creating a special moment, a moment to be shared by family and friends regardless of whether or not your loved one received care from St Luke’s Combined Hospices. This is an event that will touch the hearts of all who attend. The tree is lit up every night of the holiday season following the initial ceremony creating a magical environment.”

According to the statement, parking will be made available at Voortrekker High School and there will be marshals and transport for guests from the school to the event venue.

V For updates, visit www.stlukes.co.za. To sponsor a light on the tree, email jeanm@stlukes.co.za.

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