“Let Hope Fly” is the theme for Africa’s biggest kite festival, the Cape Town International Kite Festival. The 2019 festival takes flight on 26 & 27 October in Muizenberg, Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health.
We have 3 sets of Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children each) to give away, worth R110 each! Simply like our post on social media (all details below), comment “Yes please!” and use the hashtags #LetHopeFly and #CTKiteFest
This will be the 25th edition of the annual flying fiesta. Kiters are flocking to the Mother City to fly their incredible kite creations while promoting mental wellness. The countries represented include Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK and South Africa.
Non-profit organisation Cape Mental Health, who are both the event host and beneficiary, are South Africa’s oldest mental health charity. In fact, they have been using kites to generate funds and raise awareness of mental wellness since 1994. The annual kite festival is indeed the highlight of the annual October Mental Health Awareness Month campaign. The focus of #LetHopeFly addresses suicide awareness and prevention.
The hard facts
“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. They reach more than 21 000 people each year through 22 programmes and projects. This is thanks to a staff of 171 members. So, to show your support – go fly a kite at the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival. You could also make a donation, volunteer to help, or simply share how you will #LetHopeFly on social media. Be sure to tag @CapeMentalHealth in your post!
The 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival is being held at Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner of The Row & Axminster Road). Head down to the festival between 10am and 6pm on 26 and 27 October 2019.
Expect family fun that’s good for mind and body, while watching the world’s most incredible kites. They’ll keep you and the kids entertained with activities such as free kite-making workshops, live entertainment, stalls and rides. There will be delicious fare available at the festival food trucks. You’re also welcome to bring your own picnic.
Tickets (R40 p/p or R15 for children 12 years and under) are available at the gate and on Quicket. Ideally, purchase on Quicket before 21 October for a chance to win one of two prizes. Namely, a VIP Family CTKiteFest Experience valued at R1500. There is also a family weekend away at Whale Watcher’s self-catering accommodation up for grabs. Ts & Cs apply.
The Cape Town International Kite Festival is made possible thanks to the support of over 300 volunteers and numerous sponsors.
- 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
- the Weekend Argus (Independent Media)
The Kiters for 2019
International Kiters 2019
- Bernd Halbeck (Germany)
- Bernhard Dingwerth (Germany)
- Edoardo Borghetti (Italy)
- Karl & Sara Longbottom (United Kingdom)
- Maarten & Tjitske van Hienen (Netherlands)
- Mehmet Zahit Mungan (Turkey)
- Yuriy & Nina Georgiev (Bulgaria)
South African Kiters 2019
- Bobby Gathoo (Steenberg, Cape Town)
- Brian & Beryl Skinner (Parklands, Cape Town)
- Gerald Gelderbloem & Orion Brophy (Parkwood Estate, Cape Town)
- Ian & Jenny Islip (Parow, Cape Town)
- Jacques Fourie (Pretoria)
- Mari Ware-Lane (Brackenfell, Cape Town)
- Philip Hattingh (Kommetjie, Cape Town)
- Rifaed Sambo & family (Grassy Park, Cape Town)
About Cape Mental Health
Cape Mental Health specifically provides, or facilitates, comprehensive, proactive and enabling mental health services in the Western Cape. Above all, they are committed to challenging socially restrictive and discriminatory practices affecting the mental health of all people. In addition, their work is built on a commitment to quality, excellence and professionalism. As a result of this commitment, they reach more than 21 000 people annually.
Their community-based services provide empowering mental health care to persons with emotional adjustment problems; as well as those with mental disability (intellectual and or psychiatric/psychosocial). With this in mind, they have adopted a holistic, family-focused approach.
Their life skills and work skills projects for persons with mental disability include the following:
- a focus on skills training and workplace experience
- individual job coaching and ongoing support,
- on-site support for the employer and employee
- reasonable accommodation
- assistance with support structures
Cape Mental Health are recognised at both national and international levels. In particular, they were awarded a prestigious Zero Project Innovative Practice Award 2017 for their Training Workshops Unlimited’s intensive skills development and career path training programme for adults with intellectual disability.
Join the conversation & stay informed:
Hashtags: #LetHopeFly and #CTKiteFest
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CapeMentalHealth and www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/CTKiteFest2019
Instagram: @CTKiteFest and @CapeMentalHealth
Competition fine print
The competition will close at noon on Friday 11 October. The winner will be announced on Friday 11 October at 3pm on the Tums 2 Tots Online Facebook page. You will need to respond before Saturday 12 October at 6pm, so please keep a close eye out! In conclusion, note that the winner needs to be based in Cape Town.