SPCA Christmas lights set to dazzle Bloem

LAst year Santa and his helper made sure that the children had a festive season to remember. From the left were Senior Inspector Reinet Meyer, Tebogo Maswanganye, Hennie Rossouw, Charmaine Engelbrecht and Duan Matthee.

The Bloemfontein SPCA will once again hang up its Christmas lights tonight to be enjoyed by residents, both human and animal alike. The annual Bloemfontein SPCA Christmas Lights spectacle takes place from 5 to 23 December 2019 and promises to be a fun and festive time for the whole family.

The main events will take place at the SPCA grounds on 11 and 21 December 2019. Singers Manie Jackson and Jak de Priester will grace the stage respectively. Senior Inspector Reinet Meyer expressed that this year will be very special as there will be bigger and better festive decorations and a live Santa Clause for the kids.

“The place will look amazing because we have new beautiful lights this year and there will be Christmas decorations to buy as well. It will be very special because we have put in a lot of effort to make it enjoyable for everyone,” said Meyer.

“Santa Clause will also be here with his helpers to hand out gifts to the children,” she added. Parents can pay R50 for a toy that their child can enjoy on the day. There will also be pet toys available so nobody is left out of the festivities.

The entrance fee tonight will R10 while it will be R20 to enter on 11 and 21 December 2019 for the major events. The Bloemfontein SPCA is raising funds for a horsebox to transport neglected and abused horses around Mangaung.

“We are still in need of a horsebox. We get so many complaints about horses that are ill-treated but are outside of Bloemfontein. Sometimes we aren’t able to hire a horsebox when we need it which causes challenges so we want to buy one and they cost about R180 000,” said Meyer.

The organisation raised about R20 000 at the BeHuman trail run last month, which will go towards the box. So they are hoping to raise more funds to better meet the needs of mistreated horses in the area.

Meyer expressed that people are invited to enjoy the evening with them from 18:00 to 21:00. “There will be a puppet show every night at 19:00 and there will be scooters and other live entertainment available,” she explained.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele