To celebrate World Allergy Week and our official launch (beginning of April), the Allergy Carnival fundraiser was an awesome success! Between 700 – 1000 people spent their Saturday on the Red Cross Children’s hospital grounds enjoying live music by many wonderful Cape Town artists including pipe bands, with medical information stalls, allergy friendly products stalls, and delicious allergen food being sold to the public. We had mascots, jugglers, kids’ entertainers, a petting zoo, and a jumping castle/climbing extravaganza! Our free allergy testing was a huge triumph and despite the long queues, all comers were helped and supported. Based on the obvious needs of the public, we will most certainly plan for a much larger free testing area next year.
Some Special Thanks
In the build up to event, a dedicated group of volunteers met every Thursday, to plan the Carnival, tackling the exhaustive to–do lists etc. A special thank you to each and every one of you! We thank our talented musicians and pipe bands who created the best vibe: Kevin Rumage, The Porchlights, Pretzel Logic, Kick out, Maya Rose, Dax Butler, Christine and the Kilts, Hatchet Man, South Bound, Cape Town Caledonian Pipe Band and Cape Field Artillery Pipes & drums.
We thank the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Western Cape Government for the beautiful tree lined space – it was the perfect setting for our Carnival and the kids had so much fun.
Thank you to our 33 amazing vendors – without you, this would not have been imaginable; our excellent electrician Paul Duncan who helped set up everyone; Michael Swartz from Red Cross Security and the other security staff; Safety officer Nolene de Voux; and all the marshals, childminders, nurses and cleaners. We give a special thanks to our Ward Counsellor Sharon Cottle, who opened our event; our master of ceremonies Matthew Kriel; our music co-ordinators Zoe and Glen Wolhunter; and our indefatigable allergy testing co-ordinator Heidi Facey-Thomas; the knowledgeable food vendor co-ordinator Diana Swales; and our raffles co-ordinators Verastha and Andrew Gaunt. Of course, a super special thank you to all of our amazing visitors who will forever be a part of what we hope will become a regular end-of-summer tradition for AFSA.
Finally, thank you to our remarkable sponsors and the many kind people who bought raffle tickets without whom this event would not have been conceivable. Responding to the needs of our allergy community – whether its awareness, advice, allergy testing or support, is exactly why AFSA was established. AFSA is your foundation! We are only able to fulfill our mission because of the generosity and friendship of the people in our beautiful city and country – THANK YOU!