Monthly Archives: November 2015

Painting it Forward

“The Secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.” – Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
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Today together with the team of Painting it Forward and The Daniel and Friends Fund we got the opportunity to improve on the present by giving some colour to the entrance of Tygerberg Hospital School.

Artists and Volunteers came together scraping the walls, in a wild dust storm straight out of the Sahara Desert. Once the prep work was done it was time to paint….nope it is not a mirage because once these walls are complete it will be an oasis of colour.
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I got the opportunity to get inside an artists head by helping out…here I thought you needed to paint within the lines uh nope you can just splash it on and in the end it is art. There is method to the madness though and I got to go through the whole process.
(felt fortunate)

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How to train volunteers how to paint haha I’m sure once this mural is complete the kids will know who these characters are…

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…Who lives in a Pineapple under the sea?

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Yip that’s right Spongebob Squarepants. It was a great experience to see these artists work come to life and know that you had a hand in it but the most rewarding part would be to see the faces on the childrens faces once the come back to school.

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I am pretty sure they would be turned….

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..Inside Out with happiness.

Thank you for the opportunity to Paint it Forward…for more info on the organisation follow them on facebook
https://m.facebook.com/paintingitforward123

RESOLUTION

It’s that time of the year people…waar het die tyd gegaan, time flies they say but what they did not imagine was that Grounding Sessions would be having their last session for the year tonight.

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Tagore’s, Observatory has opened it doors to verbs, nouns and pronouns, mainly words flowing from the mouths of 40 different featured artists. You heard right, tonight was the 40th Grounding Session and still going strong.

Roché Kester founder and host of Grounding Sessions kicked off the show in her little black dress shoo shoo maar daai poem was warm, the girl too, ek sé maar net….. they say life begins at naughty 40.

Each week the audience come up with a theme for the next week, this weeks theme was Resolution. We were taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions from the open mic session, love and war to emancipating ourselves from mental slavery. When you speak from the heart like poetry teaches you too, we the audience will listen.

The featured artist Odidiva, multi-talented full of energy and life, a real commanding presence on stage. Odidiva unravelled the mystery and fascination of the afro through poetry because I am not my hair and closed off with an original song A cappella style – highly entertaining indeed.

My first time at Grounding Sessions and from what I saw it can get crazy. I mean that in a good way, we even got entertained by poetry’s cousin MC as some freestyle rappers ended off a crazy year.
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Well its been a one helluva year for our country, full of ups and downs. With 2016 fast approaching, what is your resolution? Make sure you make love not war and stay grounded at Grounding Sessions.

Till next year – Peace.

Roots and Wings

ELRU believes that children need roots and wings,
Roots to know where they come from.
Wings to explore and grow.

Today together with Stop Hunger Now we got the opportunity to help these children grow and spread their wings.

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+-6000 meals packed in a 1 hour 30 minute session. The goal was 12000 meals in 2 sessions, with the enthusiasm from the volunteers this target is too low – We do not want to wait till later we want to STOP HUNGER NOW.

What about now? What about
today?
What if you’re making me all that
I was meant to be?
http://www.metrolyrics.com/what-about-now-lyrics-daughtry.html

If you have ever been to a Stop Hunger Now meal packing day you’ll know that there are different stations, each person assigned a position in order to make the process run as smooth as possible. I was the box guy, right at the end of the line packing the box with 36 meal packets and sealing it, the best part is when you get to ring the bell once a box is filled.

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The aim today was not only to feed a hungry child/family but also to contribute reading material for these children. Reading will help them grow and feed their imagination to dream big.
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For more info on ELRU and Stop Hunger Now follow the links below.
www.elru.co.za
http://www.stophungernowsa.org/

Putting the Mo in Movember…

A while back I posted something about up and coming designer MOnique Hess when she released her Danni clothing range.

http://wp.me/p3Uk77-7f

Since then she has come a long way, you might have seen her range at various markets across Cape Town as she tries to make her brand known. Yes soon Danni will become a household name, MOnique’s enthusiasm for creating one of a kind pieces fit for a queen, on her Matric Ball night or a night out on the  town….you are sure to stand out of the crowd.

Seeing that it is MOvember a little bird whistled in my ear and told me that there is something for the guys too…

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Danni recently kicked off her Mens line with something small, T-shirts that will make you look good this summer from R150 and 2 for R250, this is definitely something you do not want to miss out on.

Available in various colours, pictures will be posted on her Instagram page and if you’d like to see more of her awesome clothing click the like button.

Instagram: MH_Presents_Danni

As always with up and coming designers STOCK IS LIMITED so hurry and place your orders by emailing moniquehess11@gmail.com.

PS: T-Shirts will not make you look like the guy in the picture but you will get a free MOustache :-D.

Read and Feed

You can’t teach a hungry child. This is true, often there are children who venture off to school without having breakfast, considered by many as the most important meal of the day.

Stop Hunger Now invites you to help change this cycle by helping to feed hungry kids aswell as give them the gift of knowledge through reading.

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http://thestudyacademy.ca/impact-nature-nurture-childs-reading-development/

At Stop Hunger Now one of our goals is not just to stop the immediate need of hunger but work with partners to ensure that our future generations are able to break the cycle of poverty permanently.

This month we are pleased to announce a special joint event, READ AND FEED SATURDAY , with one of our partners, the Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU).

The households where the children we feed come from are often so poor that parents struggle to provide just the basics like food, shelter and clothing. It comes as no surprise that many of our children do not have even a SINGLE BOOK in their homes.

We want to change that: On READ & FEED SATURDAY , in addition to the 12 000 meals we will package, we are asking each volunteer to bring at least one new or good used children’s book to the packaging event.

ELRU aims to collect 5 000 books by December and distribute to the homes of our learners. You will be contributing to seeing a child have their FIRST bed time story book EVER!

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http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/reading.htm

The details for the event are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 21 November 2015

Sessions: 9:30 – 11:00 and 11:30 – 13:00 (Please arrive 15 min before your session)

Venue: ELRU House

Physical Address: 19 Flamingo Crescent, Lansdowne

Registration closes 18 November 2015 or when bookings are full

We look forward to seeing you again as we work to end hunger in the Western Cape.

Help make a difference and  unlock the magic that is hidden between the pages of a good book – who knows how it will inspire these future leaders of our country.

P.S. If you are unable to attend the event, but still would like to contribute books to the campaign, please email: hermoine@elru.co.za

Behind Enemy Lines

Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls, Cape Town welcomes you to the 10th Anniversary of the Military Tattoo.
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The theme of this years event was a tribute to World War I, .The Castle of Good Hope played a pivotal role in the Union of South Africa’s contribution to World War I on many fronts..only fitting that it be the venue of this amazing production.
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It was a non-stop 2 hours of exhilarating performances by various military bands. Trumpets, drums and Bagpipes echoed through the halls of the Castle courtyard as it was transformed into a stage of military precision.

The sound of gunfire and the blast of cannonfire are all in a days work for the people who protect and serve us on a daily basis. The likes of the SA Navy Band, SA Airforce Band, TS Woltemade Sea Cadets and the bagpipes of the Cape Town Highlanders all took us behind enemy lines through music and live action drills including a rescue scene acted out by the 3 Parachute Battalion Charlie Company.

International performers at this years event included The Pakistan Army Band and the angelic voice of Chloë Agnew, an Irish singer who was one of the original members – and the youngest – of the internationally acclaimed music group Celtic Woman since she was 14 years old.
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I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer
when we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe…
http://www.metrolyrics.com/the-prayer-lyrics-celine-dion.html

Chloë sang The Prayer – a moving performance, my heart went out to those in France affected by the attacks last night and to all people around the World needing the power of prayer.

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Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers gave their rendition of the Traditional Riel Dance, recognised as the oldest dance form in South Africa…it was also a sort of courtship whereby the guy throws his hat on the floor, if a lady picks it up he knows he stands a chance.

Joey the War Horse also trotted throught the courtyard to the sounds of the different performances.

From the opening performance to the last I was mesmerized by the talent, it was a type of sensory overload and I am glad I got to experience it.

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture performed by the combined military bands and the theme song to the TV series Band of Brothers, performed by Maruwan de Bruyn and Chloë Agnew ended off a perfect afternoon of music.

Thank you to all performers, organisers and Cape Town for hosting such an unforgettable event…pity I lost all the pictures on my phone (pictures above are from the programme), I guess I will be seeing you next year to experience it at night.

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Share a Little, Save a Life

“Hope is like the sun, which as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” – Samuel Smiles.

I am sure most of you have heard about The Sunflower Fund, their mission is to GIVE LIFE.

The Sunflower Fund is an organisation looking for YOU to come forward and join the South African Bone Marrow Registry, in doing so you might be a perfect match for someone who suffers from leukaemia, lymphoma or other blood diseases.

Our mission is to give life
What we’ve achieved so
far. So far, our efforts – with
the support of many others –
have increased the donor numbers on the SABMR from a mere 1,200 in 1999 to 71 023 as at 30th September 2015! This is a wonderful achievement, yet more needs to be done.

1:100 000 chance
Due to the 1:100 000 chance of
finding a compatible donor, at least 100 000 donors are needed for a Registry to function
effectively and in South Africa,
the Registry should ideally have 400 000 donors representative
of all ethnic groups.
http://www.sunflowerfund.org.za/

Becoming a donor is easy and relatively painless, if you tick off the following criteria you might be eligible to save someone’s life and contribute to them living out their dreams.

Are You?
– Committed to helping anyone.
– Between 18 – 45 years old (you may donate if you are older but you would need to cover full cost of test.)
– In general good health (not at risk of contracting hepatitis or sexually transmitted diseases.
– Over 50kg and with a BMI < 40
– A blood donor ( Preferable but not necessary).
– Prepared to remain on the SABMR until you’re 60 years old.

If you follow the link to the Sunflower Fund website above you’ll find more information to make an informed decision on becoming a donor, you’ll also find some heartfelt stories of Survivors who found a match and through that are able to live life to their full potential.

Ask your self are your willing to…SHARE A LITTLE to SAVE A LIFE?

For more information call 0800 12 10 82 toll free or +27 21 7010661 or fax: +27 21 7016790

E: donors@sunflowerfund.org.za
donorqueries@sunflowerfund.org.za

W: www.sunflowerfund.org.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheSunflowerFund

Twitter:www.twitter.com/SunflowerFund

All Aboard

Jack: Where to, Miss?
Rose: To the stars.
http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0120338/quotes

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I’m sure you know that famous line and what happened afterwards. From the 22 November 2015 you are about to experience this once in a life time opportunity to relive events of Titanic disaster at an exhibition, presented at the V&A Waterfront for the first time in South Africa.

Jack: I’m sorry, you’re not gonna
see your mom again for a long
time, ’cause we’re going to America, full house boys! Wohoo!

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[Upon boarding the ship with
Fabrizio]
Jack: We are the luckiest sons of
bitches in the world, you know
that?

Educational, emotional and appropriate for all ages, Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition will take visitors on a journey through the life of Titanic. The Exhibition has been designed with a focus on the legendary ship’s compelling human stories.

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You’ll be able to walk back in time through the history of this iconic ship, certain areas have been created to mimic the rooms of Titanic.

Old Rose : 1,500 people went into the sea when Titanic sank from under us. There were twenty boats floating nearby, and only one came back. One. Six were saved from the
water, myself included. Six, out of 1,500. Afterward, the 700 people left in the boats had nothing to do but wait… wait to die, wait to live, wait for an absolution, which would
never come.
       

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Those attending will find out about the lives of South Africans that were on board Titanic, learn about passengers and crew members, admire a recreated iceberg installed at the exhibition and relive the events of that fatal night.

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Says Marius Basson, director of Manic Global and organiser of the event: “Visitors will be drawn back in time to April 1912 when the ship embarked on its maiden voyage. They will receive a replica boarding pass, assume the role of passengers and follow the chronological journey of life on Titanic – from the ships construction, to life on board, the famous sinking and the modern day efforts to recover and conserve the wreakage for future generations”

For the younger generation there will be a  Kiddies activation zone with a Titanic jumping castle to Titanic lego building tables and much more to keep them busy.

Adults in turn can shop at the extensive merchandise shop, sample specially made “White Star” ranges of beer and wines, order a Titanic tea or coffee package and experience an authentic dining experience that recreates what life was like on board the ship in 1912.

Jack: Well, yes, ma’am, I do… I
mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the
other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.

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Don’t delay, grab your ticket at the expo or through Webtickets from R80 and up.

Visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition daily from 09h00 to 18h00, Monday through to Sunday.

For more information visit www.titanicexpo.co.za or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @TitanicExpoSA for all the latest news.

Kickoff

We are closing in on the end of 2015, if you are still looking for something to do as a year-end function look no further..

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On Saturday 05 December 2015 The Grand Central Roof Top in Cape Town will play host to a Corporate Soccer Tournament.

H2O Sports and Recreation a division of H2O Consult is inviting all corporates to get competitive, gather a team of 8 players and who knows your team could walk away with the R10 000 cash prize.

Space is limited to 20 teams, you can enter as many teams per company – get your tax department up against the auditing department, you might be surprised what a little physical energy can release.

Time: 8h00 – 16h00
Place: Fives Futbol The Grand Central Rooftop
Date: 05 December 2015
Price: R2200 per team entering.

Remember there is a cash prize of R10 000 for the winning team and each team receives a goodie bag, so get training and bring your cheerleaders for a corporate event like no other. You are also welcome to bring your own gazebo’s and branding for additional exposure.

H2O Sports and Recreation’s goals are to promote healthy living through physical activity especially with primary and high school learners, tackling the high obesity rate in our country.

For more information on how to enter contact:
Ian Permall – 084 318 0020
Email: ian.permall@h2oconsult.co.za
Facebook:https://m.facebook.com/H2O-Sports-and-Recreation-Pty-311760168999134/?refid=12

Military Precision

If you have not heard yet, The Cape Town Military Tattoo is  in town and they are ready to put on a show we’ll not easily forget.

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ATTENTION!!! 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4…

Today we had the pleasure of a pre-tattoo marching brigade at the V & A Waterfront – the military precision these band members follow is an inspiring sight to behold.

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From the ‘doef doef’ of the drumline to the ‘toot toot’ of the clarinet and trumpet players, if you have your ticket to the Tattoo you are definitely in for an evening of fascinating music….I’m sure you’ll even find out what those instruments really sound like hahaha because words cannot describe the sound of a bagpipe. (hearing is believing).

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I was suprised when the Pakistan Army Band marched their way into the  amphitheatre and gave us a taste of what can be expected from the 11 -14th November at Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. From popular English songs to their own Pakistani folk-songs, we were definitely entertained. If you were present you’d know there was one guy who did not only have his head bobbing but he’s whole body was moving to the sounds of the Pakistan Army Band.

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Music has the power to bring people together and if it is performed by Army Band members you know you in safe hands….So grab your tickets at Computicket and prepare for some whiplash by the drumline.

*pictures courtesy of my friend Nathan