Maynardville to come alive

This year for the 59th time, Cape Town will be hosting the annual iconic event, the Community Chest Carnival. The carnival is set to run from Wednesday 24 February to Saturday 27 February at Maynardville in Wynberg. “The theme for this year is fun and family,” said Chief Executive Officer for the Community Chest, Amelia Jones. “There’s something for every age group.”

There will be various stalls ranging from face painting, balloon sculpting, rides and performances for the youth. Visitors can also look forward to musical performances for adults as well as lots of international food to try out. “It’s such a diverse event,” event said Jones. The various international food stalls will include Indian and Dutch cuisine, as well as a halaal food stall.

“We have a special arena [for Community Chest beneficiaries] because some of our beneficiaries produce some very nice marketable goods,” said Jones. “So we create an opportunity for them to not only come and showcase their services but also for them to boost their funds a little by selling some of the things they make.”

Tickets

On Wednesday and Thursday adults of 18 years and above will pay R15 to enter, children under six and pensioners will be free and youth under the age of 18 will pay R5. Family tickets are also available for R25 and provides for the entry of two adults and two children under 18 years.

Ticket pricing on Friday will change to R20 for adults and R15 for children under 18 and pensioners. Children under six years may still enter at no charge. Family tickets will be available for R50. Tickets will be sold at the entrance of the event.

History

The Community Chest Carnival started out as a very small garden party decades ago. “People from all different cosmopolitan communities decided that they wanted to do something for the communities of Cape Town,” Jones told VOC. “And so they started by having this party in a park here in Cape Town.”

The Western Cape branch of the Community Chest was founded in 1928, and a decade later the organisation was an accepted part of Cape Town community. The Community Chest supports over 400 organisations in the province.

“We are a partner in the social development sector specifically amongst NGOs who work in the field of and provide essential services to children and adults in health care, disability care and rehabilitation disability,” said Jones. “So our funding is essentially to make the services happen.”

For more information on the Community Chest Carnival contact 021 797 5422. VOC (Faatimah Hendricks)

Original article can be found here.

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