Why only celebrate Christmas and the giving of gifts once a year?
Christmas in July (CIJ) was founded in 2001, when a team from St Martins-in-the-Veld Church in Rosebank decided once was not enough. They felt that they needed to do something to raise funds and to reach out a helping hand in their local community.
The format of the Christmas in July event is a black tie dinner dance with an auction and a raffle. The date of the event is always over the weekend closest to 25 July. Prizes are all sponsored by Miracle Makers as CIJ calls them; generous sponsors who provide prizes such as accommodation, wine and art, amongst many other fantastic items.
The first Christmas in July was held in the church hall on Friday 20 July 2001 with 80 guests, and raised R21,000. Each subsequent year has been bigger and better, with more funds raised than the year before. This year CIJ turned 16, with a bigger turnout than last year, and more importantly with the most funds raised at R350,000.
Over the years, Christmas in July’s Miracle Makers have helped to raise over R1,850,000 for various charities. Beneficiaries vary from year to year, one of which is a CIJ Enabling Fund; a discretionary fund used to help people in their everyday lives, when life knocks them down and they need a helping hand.
Falstaff Faircity Hotel and Quatermain Faircity Hotel are proud to have been Miracle Makers for the past 15 years. We count it a privilege to contribute to such a selfless initiative, where every single cent is allocated to a worthy cause. We look forward to being a part of Christmas in July for many years to come, having no doubt that the funds raised will keep reaching new heights.