It is that time of the year again when the community of Tongaat and the neighbouring towns make their way to the Outspan Grounds for five days of fun; all for a good cause. The Charity Fair has becoming a prominent feature on our town’s social calendar and Tongaat Child Welfare Society has “pulled out all stops” to make Charity Fair 2015 a memorable one.

This year in particular, is special to us as we would be celebrating 25 years of Charity Fair. From its humble beginning s in 1991, the Charity Fair has grown to be an institution in Tongaat. Charity Fair is the place you want to be seen at. For us the Charity Fair journey for the past 25 years has been a memorable one. We have witnessed the true spirit of volunteerism, with the community rallying behind our organisation.

In celebrating 25 years, we remember those that are no longer with us. We remember people like Robin Tuckooriah, our first Charity Fair Secretary, Morgan “Crusher” Govender, Alec Nagur, Kerasan Govender (our youngest Deputy Co-ordinator of the Technical Committee), Trishan Iyer, Anand Govender, Irwin Pillay, Daddy Naidoo (Ascot), Prega Govender of East Coast Containers.

The Charity Fair, apart from being a social event for the community of Tongaat, has a deeper significance as proceeds are utilized to provide much needed services such as professional welfare services, Aids programme, drug awareness, child protection skills and poverty alleviation projects. The Truro Empowerment Centre has been made possible through the support of the community of Tongaat.

 In keeping with our motto of “Bigger and Better”; Charity Fair 2015 promises to be a festival of entertainment with Freshly Ground being our headline act. We are proud to say that for an entrance fee of R20 for adults, R30 after 5pm on Saturday and R5 for children, this is without doubt value for money. You would never get to see the quality of entertainment at these prices anywhere in the country.

 Our Edufair programme allows our children from our poorest communities to attend the Fair due to our reduced entrance fares and reduced restaurant prices. Our Senior Citizens special dedication day brings together all our Town’s senior citizens, not only to visit the Fair at reduced rates, but also to showcase their singing, acting and dancing talents.

It is impossible to put together and co-ordinate an event of the Fair’s magnitude without support from a number of people and organisations.

 We extend our gratitude to the business houses as well as the legal and medical fraternity for their financial support.

 The support of most of our local business houses, legal and medical fraternity has been unstinting through the past 25 years and we are blessed to have their continued support.They obviously see the good work undertaken by our Society. We sincerely do hope that non-supportive business houses will soon see the light.

The schools in Tongaat who continue to give their unwavering support for all our initiatives and in particular for the Charity Fair, we are indeed grateful.

We also record our sincere thanks to the South African Police Force, Metropolitan Police Service, Metropolitan Fire Department and the eThekwini Municipality's Parks, Solid Waste, Electricity, Water, Maintenance, Business Licensing and Health Service Units and our local councillors for all their assistance.

 To the hundreds of volunteers and their families who sacrifice their personal time to ensure that our Charity Fair is a success, we remain forever indebted to you.

 Last but not least, the community of Tongaat who have always heeded our call to support our Charity Fair.

 As always, the Fair offers something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you and your family there!

 The Tongaat Child Welfare Charity Fair is the place to be where best value entertainment for the whole family is our motto.

See you at Charity Fair 2015.