Pink tutus, purple wigs, red hearts, glitter masks, feather boas, original black-bag dresses and even baby bibs – these were all attires spotted along the 33rd annual Community Chest Twilight Festival Run/Walk on Tuesday, 1 December 2015. Cape Town’s streets were a canvas of colour as over 9 000 participants united for charity and strutted their stuff along the route’s 5km.
“It really is the giving spirit and infectious enthusiasm of our participants – not to mention their brave dressing sense – that make the Twilight Festival such a success and pleasure to host every year,” says Jo Pereira, Head: Strategy & Sustainability of Community Chest. “We want to thank everyone who participated this year, the corporate teams who came out in full force, our sponsors and partners for their invaluable contribution and our performers for providing the festive vibes. We appreciate you opening your hearts and setting aside your precious time to contribute to Community Chest’s education efforts.”
Celebrating the 2015 theme, “Uniting the City for Charity”, this was the first year that Community Chest decided to raise funds for a specific cause through the Twilight Festival. The organisation chose school stationery, as it is firmly committed to enhancing education. Community Chest will use the profits raised to purchase either school bags, shoes, stationery starter-kits or other materials, while all the stationery that was collected at the event will be distributed to primary and secondary schools in need in Cape Town at the beginning of 2016 – just in time for the first school bell.
Donning their home-grown creations and snapping away selfies, Twilight participants walked, ran or simply socialised their way from the City Hall along Long, Adderley and Strand streets, through the Company’s Garden, to the historic Grand Parade. Here Jimmy Nevis and South Africa’s first X-Factor winners, Four, sent the festive season mercury soaring even further. This year’s largest corporate team was I&J with a bumper 600 entries, while the Taj Hotel team walked away with the best dressed prize.
Community Chest encourages participants to keep on sharing their favourite Twilight Festival moments and photographs with them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the official hashtag #Twilight2015 and tagging @CommChestWC. Community Chest will also be sharing photographs of the event on their Facebook page – so, keep an eye out for those.
Community Chest wants to thank their sponsors without whom the event would not have been possible: City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, Perfect Solutions, Good Hope FM, Cape Town Central City Improvement District and Cape Community Newspapers