Words: Belinda Mountain
Sing your way into the holidays with these annually popular events that also benefit various charities in your community.
Cape Town Carols at Kirstenbosch
Organised by the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch, and sponsored by Pick n Pay, this year will be the 30th anniversary of these iconic carol concerts. Held from 13 to 16 December, picture an exquisite garden setting, glowsticks lighting up the night sky, and the sounds of the Cape Town Concert Brass and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir echoing through the air. Bring your own picnic basket or buy one on the night, spend time with loved ones, and join in as you sing carols and welcome in the holidays together. Funds raised from this event go towards supporting community-based programmes such as youth-leadership development, civic-responsibility and various health programmes, specifically around cancer awareness.
Cape Point Vineyards Christmas Concert
Organised in aid of the Valley Development Project, these concerts have raised over R2m to date, which have provided more than 14,000 meals per month to 700 children in the local communities of Masiphumelele and Ocean View. Lizanne van der Spuy is the general manager at the Cape Point Vineyards restaurant and she says that this year they are expecting more than 2,000 people to attend. The line-up will feature talented young local performers, as well as a guest appearance by Nadine Blom, followed by the legendary Watershed. Join in at the Noordhoek Community Market on Thursday 13 December from 4:30pm. Entrance is free for under 12s and no outside food and beverages are allowed.
The Helderberg Hospice will be hosting carols and a Christmas pageant at the beautiful Vergelegen Estate on Wednesday, 12 December. Bring along your picnic basket, blankets and your best singing voice, as you enjoy supper before the carols start at 7pm. Music director Bevan Sylvester will bring new artists to the stage, but there will also be familiar names from the event such as Melissa Lindoor-Moses. Cheryl Rundle, who is the fundraising and events coordinator, says that funds raised from this event will be directed to the hospice’s home care service. “This allows patients to spend their last days in comfort and dignity, surrounded by their loved ones and all that is familiar and dear to them,” says Cheryl.