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First prize was a return trip for two to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Burns Dinners are staged worldwide in late January to early February and celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s iconic bard, Robert Burns.

This year’s signature social calendar 25 th Anniversary Dinner in Cape Town was attended by close to 400 guests and included the British High Commissioner for South Africa, Members of Parliament, business leaders, senior military officers, many public figures and a sizeable contingent of members and officers of the Order.

Customarily, the event encompasses a programme of traditional toasts, haggis and a superb dinner, against a backdrop of bagpipe music, whisky, Highland dancers and communal song, along with a measure of fund-raising for a worthy cause or two.

Two popular local radio station show hosts kept the evening flowing. One of the auction items was a human-sized tartan teddy.

“In essence, this iconic annual celebration brings together people with common cultural purpose and while having a great deal of controlled, noisy fun, allows them a platform to contribute to charitable causes.“ said Grand Bailiff, Dame Tamra Capstick-Dale.

As winter approaches, a significant portion of this funding will likely be used to purchase (in partnership with a national pharmacy retail chain) items desperately needed by these two charitable facilities and include – specifically - a long list of essential child and frail healthcare items and food supplements.

“This helps to fulfill the Order’s Hospitaller mandate,” said Capstick-Dale.

The Dinner also provided welcome exposure for the Order and its work on a greater public platform.

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