THE Dawncrest Civic Association (DCA) in collaboration with the churches in Verulam held their inaugural Carols by Candlelight event during the festive season to promote unity and the spirit of festivity over the holidays.
The event forms part of the social cohesion efforts of the DCA which hopes such events help promote family and community unity.
Co-ordinator of the event Sushilla Chetty said they hoped to create a platform where people from different backgrounds, races and religion could come together in unity.
“I don’t think we have any place in Verulam where we can come together irrespective of race, religion and cultural differences,” said Sushilla Chetty.
“It’s important for a community to gel and be united and that’s what we hoped to achieve with this event,” added Chetty.
She said the event focused a lot on families who were urged to come together with their picnic baskets and spend the day together.
The event also aimed to promote small business and was open for businesses to hold stalls to sell items or inform the community about their services.
Chetty said the night was filled with melodious singing of Christmas carols as the community came together in unity.
After the carol singing, people either supported the stallholders or brought out their picnic baskets while Royal Alarms ensured the area was safe of incidents.
“We want to re-instill the family values which people are moving away from,” said Sushilla Chetty.
“This year was a huge success with over 200 people and next year we hope to have an even bigger event,” she added.
Pastor Reddy from the Mission Dei Church in Dawncrest who sponsored the marquee said: “I have great plans for next year to encourage a greater participation.”
DCA chairman Nova Chetty, thanked Pastor Reddy, Pastor Jay and all the participating churches and members of the community and Royal Alarms for their role in ensuring a successful event.
Chetty said the DCA will be holding several more events to promote social cohesion and unity over the coming year.
The next event will be the Valentine’s Ball on 13 February 2016 at Mumbai Dreams in Verulam.
Nova Chetty urged the community to support the event as proceeds will go towards community projects being held by the DCA over the year.
Tickets are R150 a person and include supper.
For more information, contact Nova Chetty on 083 367 2559 or Vicky Naidoo on 081 357 0897.