THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas is on as Kenilworth’s Advent Calendar hits the shops.
Members of the Rotary Club of Kenilworth celebrated the arrival of the advent calendar at local supermarkets where it promptly went on sale.
And it has been six months in the making – from the seed of the idea to the arrival of the finished product.
The Kenilworth Advent Calendar is being supported by over 100 local businesses offering prizes from Michelin star meals to jewellery and “Red Letter Days”, with the total value of prizes exceeding £5,000.
Each advent calendar carries a unique number and throughout Advent, behind each of the 24 windows are, not just one, but five prizes.
From December 1 to December 24, five prizes will be won every day.
Each day’s prizes are printed inside the calendar’s 24 windows and the winning number for each prize will be posted on the advent calendar website – www.kenilworthadventcalendar.co.uk on the day that it’s drawn, as well as being posted on the Kenilworth Rotary website and Facebook page and the notice board in Talisman Square.
President of The Rotary Club of Kenilworth, Malcolm Mathews said “It’s been months in the planning and now it’s arrived. We couldn’t have done it without the generosity and expertise of two local companies – Abstract Design, who did the calendar’s graphic design without charging us, and Emmerson Press, who didn’t charge for printing it.
“All we have to do now is sell at least 3,000 Kenilworth Advent Calendars. We know times are tough, but we’re confident that the generous people of Kenilworth will be happy to help local charities by investing £5 and having a bit of fun in the run up to Christmas.
“Local supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Waitrose along with Kenilworth’s Thursday Market and the owners of Talisman Square have also been amazing by offering us the opportunity to sell our Kenilworth Advent Calendar in their venues. We’re looking forward to introducing this new fund-raising idea to Kenilworth and we’re quietly confident of its success”.
All the proceeds from the calendar will be donated to local charities including Waverly Day Centre, Myton Hospice and The Talisman Theatre. The calendar is expected to raise as much as £15,000.