LC23 – Live Your Light Festival

East London Ladies Circle 23 held a Live Your Lights Festival in conjunction with Hemingways Mall to raise funds for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.   The event was aimed at starting afresh in all avenues of life.  Just as the new flowers and lights are a sign of life the ever changing of it, so our lives should get a regular re-vamp.


The Festival

The festival ran over 2 days, 26 & 27 October 2018.

The focus for this festival was to have stalls / stands representing lifestyle, health, wealth and fitness changes.

The program for the festival started off with Megan Francis and band that performed live on stage, thanks to Old Mutual for sponsoring the stage and branding it. The lights were switched on while Steps of Style did a couple of beautiful dance routines.  Other entertainment included DJ Rick Earth, Kore Belly Dancers (with all the circle ladies joining them on stage to much amusement of the audience) and local musicians that performed during open mic.

The Saturday morning started off with a breakfast.  The guest speakers were: Unetsie Steenberg–Botha, a Mrs South Africa finalist and dietician and lifestyle planner, Nan Gravett from CHOC, Mandy Marchant and Vuyelwa Dyamani of Old Mutual.  Local fashion was showcased at the fashion show with kids in the designers clothing followed by a talk and demonstration of how to fold an African ‘doek’, which followed by the audience putting their ‘doek’ folding skills to a test for a prize.

Some of the local schools participated in the artwork competition with the same theme as the festival. A total of 67 entries was received. A big thanks to the Belgravia Art Centre for assisting in the judging of the artwork and Hemingways Mall for all the vouchers for the winners as well as Old Mutual who supplied goodie bags for the winners.  The art teachers and kids enjoyed working on the project and we hope to do something similar in the future.

After an eventful two days of having fun and supporting the stalls, we managed to raise around R7,500.00 for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation which will be used to buy them household items as per their requirements.  It was great to hear from the spokesperson representing CHOC of what they do and all the risks and warning signs of cancer in kids, we sure are a bit more educated.

Thank you to all the sponsors for the event, without them the event would not have been possible.  Thank you also to all the Circlers for the hard work they put in.


  1. From left to right: Nadia Janson (ELLC23 Vice-chairlady), Unetsie Steenberg-Botha (Mrs SA Finalist), Zenda Roeleveld (ELLC23 Treasurer), Yolandi Gray-Browne (ELLC23 Secretary), Tristan Terry (ELLC23 Chairlady)
  2. CHOC East London Volunteers
  3. Vendor at the festival, Carol May from All Things Cake
  4. Steps of Style Dance Studio
  5. Art competition entries