The Gordon’s Bay’s “Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights” dream of uplifting the community by attracting visitors and media exposure through spectacular white LED light displays and fun family activities is coming true.
At an event at the Gordon’s Bay yacht club last Thursday, those involved with the event were thanked and R32 000 was donated by Winter Wonderland to their selected charities: NSRI, Gordon’s Bay Lions Club, Gordon’s Bay Animal Welfare, Patch (in support of abused children) and the Rotary Club of Gordon’s Bay’s Yellow Door self-help project in Temperance Town.
For each charity group it was a welcome surprise. However, it is not just the charities that benefit. Now in its fifth year some 15 000 visitors came to enjoy the event in June/and July and there has been a definite benefit to the village. Says Fanie of the Old Cape Café, “Our small business has definitely felt an increase in business – not only during the event but also now weeks later, in the usually quiet winter months.” Mickey Sanders, coordinator of the crafters stall said, “The festival was a major boost my entrepreneurs who struggle to survive in the winter months.” Artists and musical performers are also given a platform to display their talents, and fundraisers like the Gordon’s Bay Primary Schools Ghost House and the NG Kerk’s Fynbos Tea garden and bazaar have their community projects’ coffers boosted.
“Each year the Winter Wonderland volunteers raise funds through raffles, fun events, donations and even shaking tins, so we can buy lights displays and create an enchanting atmosphere.” says Margot Paulsen, who initiated the event, “We are thrilled that over and above this we again are able to support those in need.”
“We have an opportunity to make this event even more successful.” says Leon Theron, this year’s coordinator. “For any company wanting to show their support of the community, this spectacular event, already established and with a proven track-record, is an ideal promotional vehicle. We are, of course, extremely grateful to the City of Cape Town for their support in helping to make the dream a reality.”