Bring your family to the Joburg Zoo to Shine a Light on Love and Celebrate Life

HospiceWits is set to host its annual Tree of Light Ceremony on Sunday, 24th November 2019, at the Johannesburg Zoo The popular family event raises funds for the treatment of patients with a life threatening illness. This is the perfect occasion for family and friends to unite under a canopy of stars, as the sun goes down and the lights on the tree are lit and illuminate our hearts. HospiceWits encourages Johannesburg to not only attend the event, but to support this celebration by purchasing a globe in remembrance, or celebration, of those living – having lived – with a life threatening illness.

Jacqui Kaye, CEO of HospiceWits says; “Every globe purchased allows HospiceWits to provide very special, compassionate care and support to patients with a life threatening illness, in the comfort of their own home. At a time of uncertainty, as our team encourages patients to live their life to the fullest, with dignity and free from pain, their families also need counselling and support, including bereavement counselling. Our interdisciplinary team provides quality nurturing and care as well as psychosocial support.”

For this year’s event, individuals and corporates have the option of purchasing either virtual or actual globes. Those purchasing virtual globes can write messages for their loved ones, which will then be shared on the Tree of Light’s website. To purchase a globe, you can visit or Alternatively, you can call 011 483 9100/9175 for more information.

Globe options are:

•        Corporate globe: R350 each

•        Individual globe: R100 each

The physical globes are placed on the Tree during the event, where families and friends bring their blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy not only the incredible sight of a very special tree lighting ceremony, but also a wonderful evening of friendship and delightful entertainment. 

This year, there will also be a range of small light-up toys available for sale by HospiceWits staff and volunteers – where all proceeds will go to HospiceWits.

“This has always been a very successful event for us and one that truly allows people to resonate with and celebrate the lives of those either having lived, or currently living with, a life threatening illness. With the support from our partners, families and friends, 2000 globes were lit on the night last year, and this year we hope to increase the number of globes on the tree in memory of someone significantly special,” continues Kaye.

“We are reliant on the funding received from events of this nature – which enable us to continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients who are not in a position to pay for our services. We are ever grateful to those that support us and truly hope we can garner even more support – not only for this event but towards the sustainability of HospiceWits in general,” concludes Kaye.

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