Over the past six years, the HosepiceWits Night with the Stars event has attracted more than 100 local performing artists, fashion designers, celebrities and influencers, who graciously offered their time, free of charge, to walk the longest red carpet in Africa. It is no surprise that this has become the “seen-and-be-seen” event on the Johannesburg fashion calendar.
Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, HospiceWits will not be able to take the esteemed annual fashion extravaganza to a physical runway. Instead, we will be meeting in the social media stratosphere, to celebrate this glamorous night with an even larger global audience.
Hosted by HospiceWits, and proudly presented by Umzingeli Productions and About Entertainment, “Night with the Stars – Lounge Edition” is set to take place via Instagram on Tuesday 28 July 2020.
HospiceWits Night with the Stars 2020 will let the spotlight fall on the creative industries, which have been severely affected by the lockdown.
Between 18:00 and 22:00 on Tuesday, 28 July, more than 100 celebrities, performing artists, fashion designers, musicians, influencers, dancers, makeup artists and hairstylists will be interacting with their fans on Instagram and asking their followers to donate to HospiceWits Night with the Stars.
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 from 18:00-22:00
Online, on Instagram.
FREE! Viewers may donate to HospiceWits Night with the Stars on the night of the event if they wish to.
What's the link between HospiceWits and the charity stores?
What many people may not know is the connection between HospiceWits and our charity stores. HospiceWits has been in existence for 38 years, providing the highest quality care and support to families that are on the journey of a life-threatening illness. This is done in a compassionate environment at our in-patient units in Houghton and Soweto, as well as through our extensive home-based care program. One of the ways in which we raise funds to provide support and encouragement to families is through our charity stores that sell previously loved items in Orange Grove, Cresta, Kensington, Parkmore and now Parkhurst.
Why Parkhurst, and what's the new HospiceWits shop about?
HospiceWits opened the doors of its new Legacy Shop in the heart of trendy Parkhurst during October 2016. Since then, the store has become a wonderful meeting and shopping spot in the area, bringing together people from all walks of life.
How's the reception been at the new store?
Our premium Parkhurst shop offers a wide variety of quality collectibles and merchandise from vintage items and homeware to gents’ and ladies’ wear. The store buzzes during lunch time as employees from the local shops and businesses squeal with delight over the finds of the day. A few shoppers come several times a week because they cannot resist the thrill of the treasure hunt – there are always new and exquisite arrivals to treat oneself on. Friends meet at the shop for cappuccino and shopping while the bookshop often has someone reading on our antique chair with their little one paging through picture books on the carpet. A local guesthouse owner loves our beautiful tea sets, tiered cake stands and lovely ornaments that add character to her high tea table set up. The boys in blue visit us often because they too love beautiful clothes when they are out of uniform. Whenever they are off duty, they pop in with a loud booming greeting, “What’s new, aunty”? A famous photographer, radio presenter and podcaster recently added character to his studio with some of our antique furniture. There is no end to the treasures that one can find in our store.
How can the community get more involved with HospiceWits?
While we have graciously received many generous donations, we would so appreciate more items. We appeal to the community to look into their wardrobes, garages and homes to find those precious items that are no longer of use to them. Those “when I get thin” outfits, the heaps of items stashed in the upper section of wardrobes and the excess furniture that is clogging up space in their garages. Simply give us a call and we will collect to add to our beautiful blend of pre-loved and new items. We also invite the community to drop in and come and find their own treasures to take home. The store is fresh, clean and beautiful and you will not regret paying us a visit. Very soon we will be greeting you by name with a warm welcome as you return for your next adventure. We are sincerely grateful to our existing loyal client base that enables us to care for thousands of patients on an ongoing basis.
Interview By Shawn Greyling
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Of course, it was the books that drew me in. Second-hand bookshops are a treasure trove. There is something so special about books that have come down over the years – passing through many loving hands, cherished and remembered, opening vistas of possibility, hope, and emotional release, stimulating the imagination, as well as introducing one to the famous, the infamous, and the ordinary people of the years that have passed. From classic to contemporary, science fiction to romance, historical to mystery, poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, they were all there – and far more of them than I would have imagined.
Hospice is a very special organisation with the philosophy: ‘You matter until the very last moment of your life.’ They focus on people with a terminal illness and aim, through palliative care, to help them make the most of life. There are so many people and families who have cause to bless them for their love and care. One of the ways in which they raise money to support the sick is through their charity shops. There is a large group of such shops in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, which include:
After tearing myself away from the books I investigated the Bargain Shop and thought to myself "Isn’t it amazing how one can want to buy something just because it is unusual or because it brings back memories?" There were a lot of small things that might ‘just come in useful’ one day. The Bric a Brac Shop was fascinating, full of small ornaments, tableware and different collectables. If you are short of a knitting needle, the chances are that they will have one too. The clothing looked in good condition, and there was a wide selection of ladies and children’s outfits.
It was an absorbing place in which to browse, and to look for something a bit different. What will keep me going back, however, are the books and the collectables.
Even if there is nothing there that you wish to purchase, you can support the Hospice Association, and their wonderful work by ‘de-cluttering’ your home and your life. They would love to have the things that you no longer need, but which someone else would enjoy
Check out their Facebook Page for all the info.
If you've never been to a boot sale, then this is a 'must-go'. Cars parked in rows lined up with their boots open and filled with wares and goods which people are keen to get rid of.
Walk around the parking lot without any real agenda and find the most amazing bits and pieces, or just walk around and meet people and enjoy the lovely atmosphere.
Proceeds from the day go to support Hospice, so don't be shy to get involved and buy as much as you can!
Please call or email the details alongside to make sure the market will be taking place, markets are held at random times.
Venue: Checkers carpark, Barry Hertzog Avenue, Emmarentia