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HospiceWits Night with the Stars brings fashion, celebs and top SA designers straight to your lounge

HospiceWits’ annual Night with the Stars event has become one of the country’s premier fashion fundraising events over the past six years, inviting South Africa’s top celebrities, media personalities and designers to a runway dedicated to goodwill, and raising funds HospiceWits critically needs to continue doing its important work.

While the who’s who in South African fashion and entertainment won’t be able to grace the catwalk this year, HospiceWits Night with the Stars 2020 brings them straight to the public’s living rooms with the online Lounge Edition, set to take place on Instagram on 28 July from 18:00 to 22:00.

The coronavirus outbreak has affected HospiceWits quite dramatically, particularly in its ability to raise funds through Events.
The NWTS2020 Lounge Edition looks to build on the traditions of years past with the help of a star-studded list of local celebs and top SA designers, who have again kindly agreed to lend their voice and influence in order to help HospiceWits garner donations.

Local divas Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Judith Sephuma are among more than 80 public figures that have confirmed their participation, as is South African fashion royalty Gert-Johan Coetzee and former Miss SA, Cindy Nell-Roberts. HospiceWits is also thrilled to announce that international songstress Judy Cheeks, as well as Marcia Barret of the iconic group Boney M. will also be lending a hand in the fundraising efforts.

Presented by Umzingeli Productions and About Entertainment, the HospiceWits Night with the Stars Lounge Edition will highlight the work of the organisation, whilst increasing awareness surrounding the needs of people living with life-limiting illnesses. Additionally, the event will let the spotlight fall on the local entertainment industry, which has also been dealt immense blows by Covid-19.

How to tune in

You can follow the HospiceWits Night with the Stars Lounge Edition by logging into Instagram on 28 July between 18:00 and 22:00, and following the participating stars. Expect a look back at all the lustre and glamour of previous Night with the Stars events, as celebrities and fashion icons come together to make an impassioned plea for funds. If you aren’t able to follow the stars online on the day, you can make a donation to HospiceWits here at any time.

All proceeds will go to this non-profit organisation, and will ensure that HospiceWits has all the equipment, manpower and PPE to weather this storm, while continuing to provide vital home-based and in-patient end-of-life care and support to terminal patients and their families.

As HospiceWits is entirely reliant among the support of the public and corporate sponsors, please be assured every rand you donate will make a real difference.

Here is how you can help HospiceWits

As a registered non-profit organisation, HospiceWits has been looking to the public to support the work we do for the four decades of our existence. Now, more than ever, we are reliant upon the generous support from both the public and corporate spheres.

While much of our country’s industries come back online in June, following the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, the work that HospiceWits does has gone on uninterrupted.

Rendering essential services, our healthcare workers have kept providing much needed support to the many patients in our care, despite the threat of the novel coronavirus. As your organisation starts doing its work again, please consider contributing to the work HospiceWits does – becoming one of our partners will be beneficial to both our organisations.

How corporates and individuals can assist us

Corporate organisations and individuals can become donors or sponsors in various ways:

  • Donate essential monthly items like pharmaceutical consumables, medication, food and toiletries (our wish list is a good guideline here, but we are grateful for any and all donations).
  • Donate your professional services.
  • Sponsor a ward in our in-patient unit.
  • Sponsor a home care vehicle.
  • Sponsor the repair and maintenance of the shaded car park.
  • Make HospiceWits one of your company’s CSI beneficiaries.
  • Encourage your employees to contribute directly from their salary via payroll giving.
  • Celebrate events like birthdays or wedding anniversaries by asking family and friends to make a donation to HospiceWits in your name instead of giving a traditional gift.

All donations are tax-deductible, and a Section 18A tax certificate can be emailed to donors or collected from our Houghton offices.

If you have a Woolies card or a MySchool, MyVillage or MyPlanet card, please nominate HospiceWits as one of your three chosen charity beneficiaries. Doing this will give a percentage of your purchase value back to HospiceWits every time you swipe your card.

Remember to link your Woolies cards to your MySchool card here – you’ll be contributing to our work every time you shop at Woolworths or at partner businesses, including Bidvest Waltons, Engen and loot.co.za.

Discovery Vitality members who have listed Woolworths as their nominated food store will also ensure that HospiceWits benefits every time they swipe for healthy food purchases.

Become a monthly contributor and win!

A monthly commitment of just R50 per membership number makes you a part of Club 2000 and enters you into the monthly draw for one of seven cash prizes. The more numbers you take, the greater your chances! Every month, contributors stand a chance of winning:

1st prize: R20 000
2nd prize: R2000
3rd prize: R1000
4 x R500 prizes

Giving in the age of the coronavirus

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has put strain on just about every organisation out there. During this time we would be highly appreciative of donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our healthcare workers, as well as food donations for patients.

From 1 June, our charity shops will be open again, and in this regard, we kindly request that you donate any clothing or other goods to aid us in our fundraising efforts. Please also feel free to browse through the extensive collection of bits and bobs that are available in your nearest HospiceWits charity shop.

As all our other fundraising events are on hold for the foreseeable future in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak, our charity shops, together with donations from the public and corporate sectors will keep us afloat in this time. It is thanks to you that we are able to do our important work every day.

To find out more about how you can help, please contact HospiceWits on 011 483 9100, and choose the Fundraising/Events option, or send an email to info@hospicewits.co.za.