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Keengs and Kweens

Winter is Coming……

Don’t worry there are no Game Of Thrones spoilers in this post, today is Volunteer Recognition Day and to show our appreciation we want to dedicate this post to YOU!!!!

Thank YOU for giving up your time, resources and energy to give back to someone in need. Volunteers in our eyes are the KEENgs and KwEENs of our society, they should be wearing their crowns with pride.

YOU are an inspiration, YOU are amazing, YOU are incredible…..keep on shining that bright light, as the weather gets colder volunteers become more of a demand, if we all lend a helping hand we make lighter work and the world becomes a better happier place.

Here are some incredible facts about volunteering to encourage you to continue on this wonderful journey, even though you sometimes feel you do not get the recognition or appreciation…look back on this post and know that YOU MATTER!!

  • Volunteering can lead to job opportunities that you never would have heard about otherwise. It will introduce you to new people, who will look at you in a positive light by knowing you’re taking part in a volunteering project or programme. Never forget the importance of showing that you care! You could even set yourself the goal to get as many types of volunteering projects on your list as possible. Making sure they are always causes you care about, of course!
  • Volunteering can help improve your mental health by giving you feelings of gratitude for what you have in your own life. This new perspective can help you see things more clearly and feel inspired to keep doing the great work you’re involved with. When seeking help with mental health issues, often people will be advised to take part in volunteering projects in their spare time, to serve as a distraction from unhappy feelings but also a new focus.
  • Volunteering can help you come up with your own creative ideas for new ways to volunteer! Sometimes the best thing you can do is to sign up to a project you think sounds interesting, and then use this as the base for the rest of the work you do later in life. The more you learn about charities and organisations, the better!

To make things a little more easier for you we at The Keen Movement have developed a Keen Volunteer Checklist:

Happy Volunteer Recognition Day you KEENgs and KwEENs.

Kleen Sea

Saturday 6th April 2019 at 10am we invite you to come and help us clean our beaches.

The Keen Movement are joining the Clean C organisation, giving up just 90 minutes of our morning we are Keen to fill up as much bags as possible.

Other Beach cleanups happening this weekend
Table View/Blouberg 10am
Sunset Beach 10am
Milnerton Lighthouse 10am
Muizenberg 9am
Hout Bay Keep Hout Bay Beautiful 10am
Kommietjie Rose Wise 9am
Strand Helderberg…

The Beach Clean ups are for everyone and is an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and learn how to appreciate this beautiful city we live in.

  • Beach cleanups run on the first Saturday of every month starting at 10am and last 90 minutes
  • Bags and gloves provided
  • Look out for the blue or green banners on the beach.

If you need some more motivation to join us this week lets look at some facts and figures:

  • Plastics do not biodegrade in our lifetime, but instead break down into small particles that persist in the ocean, adsorb to toxins, and enter the food chain through fish, sea birds and other marine life.[7]
  • Plastic is the most common type of marine litter worldwide.[10] [11]
  • Up to 80% of marine litter is plastic.[12]
  • An estimated 5-13 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year from land-based sources.[13]
  • Several studies on plastic microfibers and nanoplastics have indicated that these particles are able to be ingested by marine animals and bioaccumulate up the food chain, carrying with them adhered chemicals and toxins, posing health impacts to both wildlife and human consumers of seafood.[31] [32] [33]

…..and that is but the tip of the tip of the iceberg but…

#DidYouKnow #TheChangeStartsWithYou If you would like to join our amazing team of volunteers, please fill in the application form and we will be in contact with you

Please do join us for the #BeachCleanUp on Saturday 6 April at 10h00. Contact us for more information #TheChangeStartsWithYou #WeAreKeen #ZeroWaste #ForTheSea

We are KEEN to meet you all.

A shared experience

At the heart of CANSA Relay For Life is the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who have left us and create awareness about cancer.

For 12 hours we had the honour of walking amongst SURVIVORS, people who have fought through the battle of Cancer and came our victorious. We celebrated those who cared and continue to give their loving support for those affected by Cancer. We prayed for those who have lost the battle of Cancer and consoled the families and friends.

It was a truly emotional experience, we laughed, cried, hugged, shook hands, danced and encouraged each other around the Bellville Veledrome in aid of CANSA Relay For Life North foundation……






a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.
a natural light-giving body, especially the sun or moon.

During the Luminary Lap, the lights were turn-off and we lit candles in remembrance of those who lost the battle of Cancer, listening the the band as they did their lap under candle light, silent prays went out in support for the families and friends to continue spreading and creating awareness.

Donna Taggart – Jealous of an angel

I didn’t know today would be our last
Or that I’d have to say goodbye to you so fast

I’m so numb, I can’t feel anymore
Prayin’ you’d just walk back through that door

And tell me that I was only dreamin’
You’re not really gone as long as I believe

There will be another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me
And I will hold on tight
It’s not my place to question
Only God knows why
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight

You always made my troubles feel so small
And you were always there to catch me when I’d fall
In a world where heroes come and go
Well God just took the only one I know
So I’ll hold you as close as I can
Longing for the day, when I see your face again
But until then

God must need another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me
And I will hold on tight
It’s not my place to question
Only God knows why
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight

Singin’ hallelujah
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight.


God in heaven hear my prayer,

Keep me in thy loving care.

Be my guide in all I do,

Bless all those who love me too.


Thank you to the organisers, the Team Captains, The Families and Friends and THE SURVIVORS for allowing us to share in this amazing initiative…..the gees was there, we did our WAR CRY against Cancer haaaaaaa, we did our three-legged lap, pajama lap and much more and we came out of this experience more mindful, and grateful for Life. Alles sal beter word met ‘n BIETJIE LIEFDE!!!

We salute you all from The Keen Movement..

The Women of Keen

We have reached the end of a wonderful month, full of love and appreciation for the Women in our lives, as well as all Women who contribute daily to make our lives better…..there is a saying that goes:

Eleanor Roosevelt, “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

In celebration of this month we at The Keen Movement would like to show our appreciation with a couple of words that inspire us and hopefully inspires you to become a Women of Keen.

“The women of Keen are “being the change that they want to see in the world”. They see beyond themselves and they understand that they not only have a responsibility to make a difference in this world, but that they also have the power to do so.” – KB

“The women of Keen are strong. A strong woman works hard, she chases what she believes in, and she does it all for herself. No one else. She loves endlessly and shows appreciation to those around her. Most importantly, she isn’t selfish, and once she makes it, she reaches back to help others.” – Brendon

A question was posed to the men of Keen asking if they could invite any 3 women who inspires them to dinner who would they be and why?

“I would invite my Grandma as she was my rock, she use to listen to my silly stories with interest and is the inspiration of my blog. Her memory drives me to share my crazy adventures with the world.

Angelina Jolie, she has long been a celebrity crush of mine, she has also done much in term of humanitarian work so I think it would be interesting to hear her stories…..I think I’d be abit star-struck though.

Malala Yousafzai, I think her stance on Education and her story in inspiring. There is no such thing as you are too young, if you believe in something there will be an outcome, if we direct our energy in the right manner.” – Shaun

There are many inspiring women I think the choice was to much for the guys to choose….maybe we should not limit ourselves next time.

Brendon had the following influential women of his list:

“I would invite, yes I know some of them are no longer with us, Marie Curie. She was a scientist and inventor of note and I’d love to pick her brains. Oprah because she is one of the most influential women still with us. And last but not least, Jane Goodall, a conservationist and leader in non-human rights projects”

What would be served at the dinner?

I hope my cooking skills are up to scratch and that my guests would be impressed with some Breyani. – Shaun

“I would serve Ramen, because I have never tried it before but it looks delicious.” – KB

Would you wash the dishes afterwards?

Uh really what question is this, ofcourse we would – All

We would like to end off with some words of inspiration from our Women of Keen……

It’s biasedly believed that it’s second nature for women to place the wellbeing of others before hers. I believe so too, but the Keen Gene is all inclusive. It’s about having generous consideration for the others, something which we all have and the more we use it, the more everyone will naturally be encouraged to too. There are so many ways to be considerate and show compassion – give a hug to someone in need, ask “how are you?” and expect an authentic answer in return, do something willingly and not from a place of obligation, simply just care… or of course join us at The Keen Movement! – Jade

….and for all Women remember that YOU are powerful beyond measure, continue in YOUR strength and continue to RISE no matter the circumstance…one of Nicole’s favourite poems to carry you into the new month:

Still I Rise
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Follow the link below and join the movement.

KEEN to keep our beach clean..

As summer draws to a close and the weather starts to get cooler, now would be a good time to grab some friends together and help keep our beaches clean. We don’t use them only in summer but all year round and it is no fun going to a dirty beach.

Every 1st Saturday of the Month volunteers get together across our coastline picking up litter that has the potential of killing the wildlife in our ocean. The Keen Movement NPO joined this initiative yesterday and they showed that giving a helping hand does not always have to be a serious occasion.


Bags and gloves are provided, all you have to do is give an hour and a half of your morning, the benefits are enormous for yourself and the community at large. We all are free to use the beach – keeping it clean should be a natural thing to do.


Who know’s what you’ll find…..


It may seem like fun and games but the sight of our beaches in this state is actually disgusting therefore we encourage more people to get involved, if we all put our hands together it means lighter work and more time to enjoy our beautiful city.


Are you KEEN to keep our beach clean? – check out the links below for more info.

Bag it and tag it

Cape town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world especially for it’s awesome scenery.


We need protect this for future generations, today we helped clean up the trail up Lions Head organised by an awesome organisation called Love our Trails.


Many people gathered early this morning excited to be part of the change they want to see in the world, this was a great opportunity to make a difference, meet like-minded people and make memories while appreciating nature.

After a quick briefing session we dispersed up the mountain and around the parking lot, armed with bags, gloves, arm extenders and….selfie sticks(ready to capture the moment) when we bag it and tag it just like in the CSI.


For those who wanted to put some elbow grease into it graffiti cleaner was provided to clean up Wally’s Cave…It’s 2016 people, we don’t need to see Boebie was here stamped on the walls of the cave, we are not cavemen anymore.


The amount of litter scattered across the trail is shocking especially the cigarette butts, veld fires are easily started and spread by such negligence destroying our natural heritage.


This is for everyone from first time hikers to families and kids.
Our trails could do with some love!
Lets lead by example.

The weather played along nicely, walking at our own pace we eventually reached the top of Lions Head where we enjoyed our free smoothie from FitChef.


Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, hopefully this will grow allowing us to not only keep our trails clean but also our communities.

It all starts with US – Lets make a difference.


Are you keen?

A rainy Sunday afternoon turned out to be rather warm…

I heard my friends were going to volunteer at a Children’s Home, when I enquired further the question was asked, “Are You Keen on joining?”.

Always keen on lending a helping hand where needed as I personally feel time is more precious than money, I jumped at the opportunity.

We arrived at the Christine Revell Children’s Home in Athlone at 14:00 to join The Keen Movement an NPO started by a group of friends aiming to to encourage a keen
volunteer culture within Cape

The programme for the day was to interact with the children at the home making flags and helping them colour in pictures of our beloved Springbok – We were bringing the bok ‘gees’ seeing that the Bokke won on Saturday. As the children were brought into the room awoken from their afternoon nap we got them seated and watched them enthusiastically start drawing or colouring the pictures. I joined a group and tried talking to one of the little girls when a boy jumped on me haha, when I lifted him up he thought that was fun and wanted to do it all the time.

Once the children got past the initial shock of new faces they quickly opened up and become their usual cheerful, playful selfs as you would expect from children. One of them pointed out a Winnie the Pooh picture on the wall I never noticed, after he found a picture of Pooh on one of the crayons. I also learnt that a butterfly is actually a bubberfly hahaha kids really do say the darndest things.

We then moved to a bigger room where an attempt was made to teach the kids to Nae Nae, once the music started they had other plans, some showing off their own dance moves. Watching them run around laughing and playing, one girl asked me to pick her up, when I took her hand she started walking up my leg hahaha I felt like a jungle gym – this little girl definitely has a future in our South African gymnastic team one day.

A heart-warming experience thoroughly enjoyed by the volunteers and the children.

‘Don’t ever question the value of
volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built
by volunteers; the Titanic was
built by professionals.’ – unknown

If you are keen to know more about these amazing organizations follow the links below: