Audience donates generously to charity

Pumza Fihlani

Pumza Fihlani

Joburgers got a taste of Christmas when they received donations from the audience at the Miracle of Christmas, a yearly entertainment event.

The event, which was held at the Standard Bank Arena at the weekend, was organised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Entertainment included choral music, a theatrical re-enactment of the birth of Jesus, live band performances, an orchestra and traditional dancing.

The best moment was when the audience joined in singing Christmas carols led by the East Rand Orchestra.

Renowned composer Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo, who was the honorary guest, conducted the Soweto Songsters Choir.

Other choirs which performed at the event were the Cantare Children's Choir, whose performance received loud applause.

The Kids Haven Children's Choir, which comprises former street children, was featured in the line-up.

The Church of Latter-Day Saints and St Benedict's Elementary Choirs also rendered magical performances.

The event not only made for a great family outing, but was also for a worthy cause.

The audience donated blankets, clothes, food and toys to the Kids Haven Centre, Avril Elizabeth Home and New Jerusalem Children's Home.

The Avril Elizabeth Home cares for children with mental and physical disabilities.

The New Jerusalem Children's Home is home to 50 abandoned children.

Nana Thepa, who attended the show with her husband and three children, described the event as a "learning experience".

"It is so easy for people to forget the real meaning of Christmas. I am pleased that we came here tonight. Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. I am truly blessed," said Thepa.