Christmas Cheer drive ends on a high

Kathryn Kimberley

MONTHS of ticket selling by charities and volunteers reached its climax at the weekend, when one entrant’s key opened the door to a brand-new Volkswagen Polo.

Unlocking the door to his dream car left Port Alfred soldier Johannus Oort speechless at the Herald Christmas Cheer car draw at Villa Tuscana boutique hotel in Summerstrand on Saturday.

While representatives from various charities let out screams of delight on Oort’s behalf, he stood still and gushed at his sleek prize.

“I was dumbfounded. I was screaming inside my head but I could not talk,” he said yesterday.

VWSA sponsored the vehicle. Ticket sales for the draw boosted Cheer coffers by R202000.

Beggar-in-Chief Steven Lancaster said the Christmas Cheer annual fundraiser was about sharing the joy with those less fortunate. He was ecstatic at the amount of money raised.

Tickets cost R10 and readers were encouraged to buy as many for the draw as they could afford.

Proceeds go to the Summerstrand Cheshire Home, SA Legion for military veterans, Retina SA, Echo Foundation for the elderly and frail,1820 Settlers Association, Masinyusane Development Organisation, Santa Port Elizabeth, Kenton Bushmans Child and Family Welfare Society, Vistarus Mission Station for the homeless, Aurora Special Care Centre, House of Resurrection Haven, Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities, The Brotherhood of Temple Israel, MTR Smit Children’s Haven, Missionvale Care Centre, Community Chest of Port Elizabeth and ACVV Port Elizabeth South.

The Herald editor Heather Robertson said Christmas Cheer was an annual event established to help those less fortunate.

She said it was wonderful to see how generous people were at Christmas. “It gives us a chance to give back and spread the cheer.”

VWSA spokesman Nicholas Batten said the Polo 1.4 was one of South Africa’s top sellers.

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