Southcoast Mall lit up with love during the annual South Coast Hospice Tree of Light ceremony on Saturday evening.
Tree of Light is an international hospice event, giving people an opportunity to honour the memories of their loved ones who have passed on, or suffered loss.
During the ceremony, candles were lit in honour of South Coast Hospice patients, those grieving, children, and those affected by HIV/AIDS in recognition of World Aids Day.
South Coast Hospice invited the public to pledge stars in memory of loved ones, with a donation of any amount.
These stars were hung on the tree, and after a moving ceremony, the tree lights were switched on.
An excess of R75 000 has been raised against a target of R140 000. All funds raised go towards the Home Based Care Program and the Kingfisher House Inpatient Unit, where quality palliative care is given to those facing life-limiting illnesses.
South Coast Hospice fund-raising co-ordinator BT King said it was once again a special evening.
“Our sincere gratitude to Southcoast Mall for hosting Tree of Light, Bonito Distributors for the bales of hay, Margaret Holroyd, Sue Mardell and Queenie Riley for donating Christmas cakes for the raffles, staff and volunteers for their valued participation, and the community for their heart-warming support,” said King.
“We thank the little ones from Tiny Town for their beaming renditions of ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star.’
“Thank you to Greta Bredel for the keyboard accompaniment, Alison Keys and Jane Kriel, and the Margate Pipe Band for adding beautiful music to the event.
“We thank all those who have contributed thus far towards enabling South Coast Hospice to continue its work of compassion and care,” she added.
The tree will remain lit throughout the festive season at the Southcoast Mall food court.
Tree of Light pledges will remain open until the end of February, giving the community an opportunity to remember and celebrate loved ones, as we go through the busy festive season.
To pledge, contact King on 082 728 0233 or email@example.com or Joy Moodley on 039 682 3031 or firstname.lastname@example.org