THE Herald Christmas Cheer Fund is again inviting readers to buy as many tickets as they can in support of those less fortunate.
Initially launched by The Herald as the Christmas Cheer Shilling Fund in December 1902, the initiative – with the help of Volkswagen Group South Africa – is supporting 14 charities this year.
The public is invited to buy raffle tickets at R10 each and one lucky ticket holder stands to win a VW Polo 1.4 Trendline.
Charities have until November 18 to sell tickets.
Kingfisher FM has also partnered with The Herald to highlight the charities and provide the fund with a blog at www.christmascheer.co.za.
The Herald will profile the 14 charities today and tomorrow. Here are the first seven:
1. South African Legion
This organisation aims to help ex-servicemen and women in need, including their dependents, and to maintain the memory of the fallen. Contact: Graeme Hutchison, 046-648-1135.
2. Cheshire Home – Summerstrand
The home offers residential and day care support to physically disabled persons. The home also manages an early learning centre, Khaya Cheshire, for 23 chronically disabled children.
Contact: Alicia Kirkland, (041)583-2183.
3. Retina South Africa
The organisation is dedicated to bringing treatments and cures for inherited retinal blindness to South Africa.
Contact: Ingrid Haschick, (041)819-6564.
4. Masinyusane Development Organisation
Founded in September 2008, the New Brighton organisation provides disadvantaged pupils with opportunities to gain a quality education and develop their talents.
Contact Jim McKeown, (041)451-0249.
5. Aurora Special Care Centre
The centre caters for the mentally and physically disabled and has 40 full-time residents, 106 children and adults attending the centre daily and 12 mildly disabled adults in its group home.
Contact: Briony Sparg, (041)368-6180.
6. Community Chest of Port Elizabeth
The Community Chest raises funds for the alleviation of poverty and distress.
Contact: Sandy Geswint-Abdoll, (041)582-1592.
7. Echo Foundation
The foundation houses more than 1300 people in retirement villages and frail-care facilities.
Contact: Sharon Petrus, (041)586-0156.
For inquiries contact The Herald marketing team at (041) 504-7911, or e-mail pe-marketing@timesmedia. co.za.
Donations can be made via electronic transfer or bank deposit to:
Christmas Cheer Fund (please do not use the abbreviated "Xmas" word), First National Bank, account number: 534 107 267 32 and branch code: 261 050.