Hos­pice to host tree-light­ing event

Cape Times - - METRO - RAPHAEL WOLF raphael.wolf@inl.co.za

THE ST Luke’s Com­bined Hospices an­nual Tree of Lights Cer­e­mony of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to hon­our the me­mory of loved ones.

The event, to be held on De­cem­ber 2, also presents its pa­trons with a chance to en­joy a myr­iad stalls sell­ing food, crafts, art and en­ter­tain­ment.

The tree-light­ing cer­e­mony will be held from 5pm to 9pm at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s head of­fice in Ke­nil­worth, said chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ronita Mahi­lall.

St Luke’s NPO pro­vides a pal­lia­tive nurs­ing care ser­vice to more than 800 pa­tients with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses, as well as for their fam­i­lies.

It has served the greater Cape Town area for over 30 years.

“The well-loved St Luke’s Com­bined Hospices of­fer as­sis­tance to so many fam­i­lies when a loved one reaches the end of their life, and the Tree of Lights Cer­e­mony is not only a way of re­mem­ber­ing that per­son, but also an event to raise much-needed funds.

“Our work is sup­ported by our 12 com­mu­nity hospices and our in-pa­tient unit in Ke­nil­worth. Pal­lia­tive care im­proves the qual­ity of life for our pa­tients when it is no longer pos­si­ble to add days to their lives.”

She said the or­gan­i­sa­tion needed the pub­lic’s sup­port to help buy the more than 1 000 lights to dec­o­rate the Nor­folk Pine tree on which the lights will be hung.

“The pub­lic are in­vited to spon­sor a light and join the event where the mag­nif­i­cent five-storey high Nor­folk pine tree will be lit in re­mem­brance of those who have a spe­cial place in our hearts.”

The tree would be lit up ev­ery night of the hol­i­day sea­son fol­low­ing the ini­tial cer­e­mony, cre­at­ing a mag­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, she added.

To buy lights, sup­port­ers can make a pay­ment to:ac­count name: St Luke’s Com­bined Hospices at Ned­bank’s South­ern Penin­sula Branch.

The branch num­ber is 123209 and the ac­count num­ber is 1051886309, while the ref­er­ence is TOL/Sur­name.

Peo­ple can e-mail proof of pay­ment to projects@stlukes.co.za

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