THANKS to the amazing generosity of many people, this year’s Phumelela Christmas Tree will benefit many more underprivileged children than previously.
Some 250 children from four homes, including St Laurence’s Children’s Haven which plays a key role in the event, were treated to a Christmas lunch at Turffontein on Saturday 8 December.
They spent the rest of the afternoon in a special area near the parade ring, where they were kept entertained by magic shows, face painters and suchlike.
The Christmas Tree will not end there. In the week before Christmas, individual presents for the kids and communal gifts will be delivered to the homes in attendance at the meeting and to 10 other homes, which collectively take care of nearly 700 children.
These additional 700 children will also be given Christmas lunch boxes to brighten their festive season.
The homes were asked to compile wish lists of much-needed appliances and other items like bedding. With the help of sponsors and the money raised from the sale of race sponsorships and hospitality tables at the race meeting, it is hoped to provide the homes with many of the items they have wished for.
Our sincere thanks to those whose generosity make the Phumelela Christmas Tree possible, notably Angel Lifestyle and the race sponsors including champion trainer Mike de Kock, who kindly sponsored the main race.