The Community Chest Carnival is one of the Mother City’s longest running and most successful family events. What began in 1951 as a theatrical garden party has evolved into a pageant of international food, local entertainment and family fun, which this year is expected to attract some 80 000 people over four days. 

The event has become signature on the Community Chest’s fundraising calendar and contributes to the support it provides to over 200 organisations throughout the Western Cape. 

One of the reasons for Carnival’s success as a fundraising vehicle is that it is run almost entirely by volunteers, enabling the organisers to keep costs to a minimum. Some 7 000 individuals donate their time, skills and experience to ensure that each year’s event is better than the previous one.