South Africa’s biggest mental health awareness event – and a project I was very happy to recently get involved in.
Not only is it the most spectacular family festival of the year, but 100% of profits go to Cape Mental Health to help provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town and beyond. “We all have the basic right to fly – to explore our abilities, develop our skills and soar freely at home, work, school and in our community,” said Ingrid Daniels, Director of Cape Mental Health. “Children and adults with mental health needs have the same human rights as everyone else and at our 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival, we will be celebrating everyone’s ‘Right to Fly’, to be accepted, respected and included.”
Cape Mental Health provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. This non-profit organisation has been active for 104 years and continues to work towards a society where people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are included in community life and have access to education, training, work and social opportunities.
The Delai Lama said: “It is our prime purpose in life to help others.” It is up to us to decide how we want to go about helping – with our time, our money, or dirtying our hands raising awareness of a pandemic, such as mental illness, which has been swept under the rug for too long.
So come, bring the family, and have fun at the 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival on 28 and 29 October in Muizenberg, Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health.
Kiters from China, England, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and the USA will be there to show that almost anything can fly, with fish, dragons and even a little pig adorning the sky.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There will be free kite-making workshops for children and adults as well as live entertainment, rides, a children’s play area and food market. Visitors are welcome to bring along a picnic.
The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations).
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CAPE MENTAL HEALTH
Entry is R40 (R15 for children 12 years and under). Tickets will be available online and at the gate.
Take good care of your mental health.