Not even loadshedding will stop Home of Hope from spreading the Christmas cheer

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The Christmas Lights at last year's event.
The Christmas Lights at last year's event.

With Christmas around the corner, a time of giving and spreading cheer, Home of Hope, a non-profit organisation that provides care services for abused, abandoned and neglected children, will make this day magical to all children in the Table View, Milnerton and surrounding areas.

This thanks to a solar company who will lend a helping hand to Home of Hope, keeping the lights on during loadshedding.

Every year they set up Christmas lights as a Home of Hope tradition.

This event is two-fold: a fundraising initiative for the children and young adults with special needs and bringing the local community together, bringing some Christmas joy.

A display of a Christmas wonderland.

Home of Hope focuses on those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which is permanent brain damage caused by pre-natal exposure to alcohol.

“We do this because we believe that every child has the right to become socially responsible adults, reaching their full God-given potential, within society. We render these services through a child and youth care centre, a special needs school, our charity shop which doubles up as skills development for young adults, a working care farm and youth skills development and mentorship programme,” says Bianca Wichtmann from Home of Hope.

Loadshedding woes

With Eskom being unpredictable and not knowing when loadshedding will hit, the organisation was in dire straits and in need of a generator to use for their Christmas lights event.

Just days after TygerBurger contacted the organisation, Christmas came early for them after a solar company reached out offering assistance.

The event will run between 16 and 30 December from 20:00 to 22:00 at 3 Fairbridge Road, Table View. Entrance is free.

“Various things will happen on different nights – people can view all of this on our facebook page: HomeofhopeCT. We have a few fundraising initiatives coming in the new year. We have many donation options visible on our website and many ways in which people can get involved,” Wichtmann says.

Donate for a good cause

While you are setting up your Christmas decorations, doing your yearly clean out and finding items you no longer need or use, think of Home of Hope. Donate your unwanted goods to them this Christmas.

When you donate you are directly helping them raise funds for their organisation “and ensuring that we provide the best care services and skills development to children and young adults with special needs”.

A display for children at last year's event.

Drop off the items at 215 Blaauwberg Road, Table View, Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 16:00 and Saturday from 09:00 –14:00.

“People are welcome to donate their unwanted goods to us that we can use in our projects or sell in our charity shop to generate an income. Funds raised in our shops go directly towards the care of our beneficiaries. Monetary donations or signing up for our sponsor a child programme also helps in a massive way.

“The Christmas Lights event is a wonderful opportunity for the family to come together – it is wonderful for old and young. There will be snacks and food available and a Santa’s visit on specific nights. It really is worth it,” Wichtman says.

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