HospiceWits Tree of Light will again shine virtually in 2021

Over the past few years, HospiceWits’s Tree of Light tree-lighting ceremony at the Johannesburg Zoo has become one of our most cherished annual traditions. Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, last year’s Tree of Light event took a virtual approach, inviting supporters, donors, and people wanting to honour the memory of a loved one who has passed, or the tireless healthcare workers in our country, to purchase a virtual globe and support this vital fundraising effort.

Of course, the pandemic is, unfortunately, still a factor that needs to be taken into account when organising our fundraising events, and HospiceWits has decided to again appeal to our supporters in the run-up to this year’s second virtual Tree of Light event.

Just as we did in 2020, HospiceWits gives our donors the chance to buy a virtual globe on our online Tree of Light, also offering them the opportunity to dedicate a message to someone who is dear to them. More than 500 virtual globes were sold last year, and HospiceWits hopes to greatly surpass this amount in 2021. All funds raised will be utilised by HospiceWits, as we continue serving our community with fundamental palliative care, mental health support and other crucial services in and around Johannesburg and Soweto.

How does it work?

Donors who would like to support HospiceWits in this important fundraising event are able to purchase a virtual globe directly on the Tree of Light website. When clicking on the “Donate” tab at the top of the screen, you will be redirected to a page where you can specify who you are buying a globe for, choose the colour of the virtual globe, write a message of dedication, and make payment.

We found the dedications that were made last year beautiful and heart wrenching – they truly were and are a heartfelt remembrance of people who clearly made a great impact on others during their lives.

We look forward to again offering this opportunity to our loyal supporters, and having them mark the impression their loved ones have made in a way that is novel and very different from our traditional tree-lighting ceremony, albeit still letting them pay tribute in a way that is meaningful and powerful.

Keep an eye on our social media pages for the latest news about HospiceWits Tree of Light 2021, and to learn more about the work we do.