It is said that imagination is the highest kite one can fly, there is no limit to the possibilities of kite making……and anyone can do it because #EveryOneDeservesToFly.
With yesterday being World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2021, the Cape Mental Health hosted a pop-up kite flying event at Dolphin Beach as part of 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, my girlfriend and I were excited to get out creative skills going, we jumped onto Pinterest for some ideas (more me than her as I only discovered the potential now, late bloomer.) After abit of a struggle between a Batman Kite or a more Traditional Kite we opted for the latter but the result was actually pretty impressive if I must say so myself and in celebrating the importance of sound Mental Health we added all the love in the form of hearts.
According to Dr Ingrid Daniels, CEO of Cape Mental Health and President of the World Federation for Mental Health, “Mental health is regarded as the third highest burden of disease in South Africa, but remains the most neglected aspect of health care, competing with other medical conditions including the health costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine roll-out. Naturally, this underinvestment in mental health has a significant impact on access to mental health in poor and under-resourced communities and rural areas. We call for equality in mental health care – our people deserve nothing less.”
Our people deserve nothing less….and they deserve all the love they can get, we all deserve LOVE, it does not cost anything to love one another and it will make the world a better place.
This was us in the process of making our kite…. I was the self proclaimed glue guy.
The Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival promises to be an uplifting mix of magical, carefree fun. In South Africa, October is on the cusp of summer and an ideal time to get outdoors, fly a kite, laugh and enjoy a sense of play and freedom. Hold onto your kite line and let go of anxiety, stress and – most importantly – help raise awareness and funds for Cape Mental Health, because #EveryoneDeservesToFly.
Yesterday the weather was perfect for a day out in the sun, and the beach is a great place to test out your new creation ….. unfortunately we did not make it in time to see the exhibition but this did not deter us from our first flight test, we flight like the Wright brothers and learnt alot to improve but most importantly we had all the fun in the sun and that is what it is all about.
ABOUT THE CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL
The Cape Town International Kite Festival is the oldest kiting event in Africa and has been proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health since 1994, to raise funds and promote mental wellness. It is traditionally one of the biggest kite festivals on the African continent and attracts professional kiters from around the world who fund their way to Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health (unlike other international festivals where the kiters’ travel is usually sponsored by the organisers). For more information on the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, please visit: www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFlyhttp://www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFly.
Let the organisers know when and where you will be flying if you’d like them to share your pop-up on social media. Contact @CTKiteFest on social media or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to share your photos, videos and messages of hope on social media, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest to feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds.