Most Durbanites will have seen the giant Christmas tree that makes an appearance every December in Jameson Park, but what many people aren’t aware of is that the tree is actually part of a Highway Hospice charity drive. The Tree of Light is erected at the end of the year in memory of lost loved ones, with donations helping to fund the running of the Hospice, which relies largely on the public for its running costs. A donation of R50 buys you a bulb that will be used to light up the magnificent tree, or if you’re feeling especially generous, R10 000 pays for the star that sits at the top of the tree!

The tree lighting ceremony takes place on the 2nd December this year, and going on past events, it’s an experience not to be missed! Music fills the park, while people enjoy a bottle of wine (or two!) on their picnic blankets. It’s a wonderful occasion for the whole family, and a special time as people take the time to remember lost friends and family members.

Visit to find out more about the event or to make a donation to this worthy cause.