Wasima Fisher, Social Work Manager at Cape Mental Health, talks to Benito Vergotine on The Honest Truth about the Cape Town International Kite Festival.
Listen to the conversation here: “Let Hope Fly”
‘Let Hope Fly’ is the theme of the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival, which takes flight in Muizenberg on 26 & 27 October, in support of Cape Mental Health.
It’s the 25th edition of the flying fiesta, with kiters from seven countries – Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK and South Africa – coming to fly their incredible kite creations and promote mental wellness.
Event host and beneficiary, non-profit organisation Cape Mental Health, has been using kites to generate funds and raise awareness of mental wellness since 1994. The annual kite festival is the highlight of the annual October Mental Health Month campaign, which this year focuses on suicide awareness and prevention.
“With self-harm and suicide rates on the rise, we want to share a message of hope and encouragement,” said Dr Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president-elect of the World Federation for Mental Health. “Just as kiters use a line to keep hold of their kites, hope can be the line to life. Sometimes you may find hope inside yourself; at other times it may need to come from a friend, a loved one or a professional. The important thing is to hold on and not let go.”
Cape Mental Health provides free mental health services to children and adults, reaching more than 21 000 people each year through 22 programmes and projects. To show your support, go fly a kite at the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival, make a donation, volunteer or simply share how you will #LetHopeFly on social media.
The 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival takes place in the scenic Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner of The Row & Axminster Road) from 10 am to 6 pm on 26 and 27 October. Enjoy family fun that’s good for mind and body – with free kite-making workshops, a festival parade featuring the Ashwin Willemse Orient Marching Band, performances by local musicians and dancers, craft stalls, funfair rides and delicious fare from the food trucks. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic and refreshments.
Tickets are available on Quicket or at the gate for R40 per person and R15 for children (12 years and younger).
The 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival has been made possible thanks to the support of over 300 volunteers and numerous sponsors including Banks R&L Hiring, Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, Lewis Stores, MTN / Time Music, Whale Watcher’s Lovely Self-Catering Accommodation and the Weekend Argus (Independent Media).
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