Tree of Lights shines bright

LAST Thursday evening the Port Alfred Hospital grounds were a haven of joy and light as the Baptist Church worship team led the singing of beautiful Christmas carols with all the souls who gathered there.

TREE OF LIGHT: The Port Alfred Baptist Church worship team brought much joy to the annual lighting of the tree event last Thursday evening by leading the singing of beautiful Christmas carols with families and friends Picture: LOUISE CARTER

The Carols by Candlelight and Tree of Lights event, an annual Sunshine Coast Hospice fundraiser, was well attended and managed to raise R25 803.50 from the event and street collection.

Families enjoyed a picnic under the stars, with carols led by Mark Kieck and the Baptist Church worship team.

Pastor Josh de Wit illustrated the impact Hospice has in the community by sharing their “light” as demonstrated by God with the birth of Christ at Christmas time. He invited Hospice nurse Margie Waddington to light a candle from which other candles were lit.

Hospice workers were thanked and honoured for what they do for the community, and Zelda Elliott was thanked for running the event for the 20th year.

Port Alfred Hospital manager Marianne Stiglingh said the hospital feel honoured to host the event. “We are thankful for each and every one of you we didn’t see in the hospital this year,” she said

“It still amazes me how the community support each other, darkness cannot overcome light. May we be the light to others.”

Hospice would like to thank Port Alfred Baptist Church, Port Alfred Hospital, Sunshine Coast Tourism, DJ Rolf, Manelec, Mac Hire, I-Hire, Hi-Tec and Gardmed.

“Thank you all for giving of your precious time, skills, talents and resources in aid of Hospice,” said Elliott.

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