[CAPTION]: Carlos the magician entertains children at the first Uncle Willy’s Christmas Party of the season. Photo: Luc Gendron

The first Christmas Party of the season was an extra special evening arranged for children who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to attend such an event. On Thursday last week Uncle Willy hosted 80 children who came from: Bel Porto School for children with intellectual and physical impairments in Landsdowne, Filia School for children with special needs in Goodwood, Christine Revell Children’s Home in Athlone and St George’s Home for Girls in Plumstead. The children shrieked with delight at each new surprise and left with broad grins, clutching their treasured Christmas presents.

While the rest of the Uncle Willy’s Christmas Parties are a paid-for fun-filled family occasions in a non-commercial environment, they are also a fundraising event arranged by the Rotaract Club of Claremont, and assisted by Rotary Club of Claremont. The first Christmas Party is a charity evening for vulnerable children, many of whom do not live with their parents. The charity evening was facilitated by the Members of the Claremont Inner Wheel Club who organised the transport, prepared a tasty supper for the children and provided the presents which Father Christmas handed out to them at the end of the evening.

Arranging Uncle Willy’s Christmas Parties is no doubt a lot of hard work involving lots of logistics, but certainly also loads of fun for members of Rotaract and Rotary Clubs of Claremont, and the Interactors from local High Schools. The Christmas Parties which are now a firm favourite on the calendar and very often sold out, they raise a significant amount of money for the Rotaract Club. Last year more than a hundred thousand Rand was raised through the parties and allocated to various projects serving the community.

Supporting community projects that make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged is the central focus of the Rotaract Club of Claremont. This group of 18 to 30-year-olds are students or working professionals who commit themselves to goodwill projects in the community. The Rotaract Club of Claremont also seeks to equip members with skills for their own personal development and to address physical and social needs in the community whilst making new friends and having lots of fun.

Should you wish to join the Rotaract Club of Claremont and get involved behind the scenes at Uncle Willy’s Christmas Parties, visit www.facebook.com/claremontrotaractcpt to find out more.

To book tickets for your children to attend Uncle Willy’s Christmas Party visit www.unclewillyschristmas.co.za

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit https://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofClaremont/.