Wild Women launch own cal­en­dar

Cel­e­bra­tion of strength for women, na­ture

Go! & Express - - Go! People - ETHIENNE ARENDS

THE Wild Women had an­other chance to en­joy each other’s com­pany when they got to­gether for the suc­cess­ful launch of their cal­en­dar re­cently.

The en­er­getic group of women de­cided to make a cal­en­dar af­ter be­ing to­gether for six years and al­ways jok­ing about it.

The cal­en­dar is themed “Strength, Fit­ness and Na­ture”, aptly de­scrib­ing the group of fun-lov­ing, fit and strong women en­joy­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of the area.

The pro­ceeds of the Wild Women cal­en­dar, like most things they do, go to the African An­gels In­de­pen­dent School and Bus­fare Ba­bies Birth Cen­tre.

The Wild Women have been sup­port­ing African An­gels for six years now.

They have also done the Wild Women on the Run ad­ven­ture race, which was the brain­child of ex­treme ath­lete Kim van Kets.

This year they have de­cided to cap­ture the race’s sense of fun and free­dom.

“A lot of women grow up judg­ing [other women] or be­ing judged and this was an op­por­tu­nity to be free. And it was so lib­er­at­ing for the women to not be judged on how they or their bod­ies look,” said Van Kets, who is also a found­ing mem­ber of the Wild Women.

The en­durance ath­lete was re­fer­ring to some pho­tos taken for the cal­en­dar where the women went top­less and also had pho­to­graphs taken from be­hind.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved said it was one of the most in­vig­o­rat­ing experiences they’ve ever had. Ev­ery­one was com­fort­able with­out the feel­ing of judg­ment [from the other women],” cre­ative di­rec­tor Kerry-Lyn Honey ex­plained.

“We wanted the cal­en­dar to have the look and feel of strength, unity, fun and friend­ship, and I think it does.

“The girls say the cal­en­dar shoot did a lot [of good] for them on a personal level as well.”

The cal­en­dar was shot by pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher Anine Koch at no cost at Kwel­era Beach and on What’s Land­ing farm, in Kwel­era.

“It’s a cel­e­bra­tion cal­en­dar, mean­ing it is not a dated cal­en­dar, it is not a 2018 cal­en­dar, but can be used for­ever – to write in birthdays or an­niver­saries and keep it. The cal­en­dar cel­e­brates all these things and also cel­e­brates women, na­ture, Women’s Month and the strength of a wo­man,” said Honey.

In­spi­ra­tional quotes sup­plied by the Wild Women are also writ­ten on each page of the beau­ti­ful cal­en­dar.

More than 120 cal­en­dars were sold on the night.

Honey also said that no money was spent to cre­ate the cal­en­dar, mean­ing what­ever pro­ceeds they make, go to the African An­gels and Bus­fare Ba­bies char­i­ties.

The cal­en­dar costs R150 and is avail­able from Hartspace (cre­ative stu­dio) at 40A Red House Av­enue, Vin­cent.

See the Hartspace Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: ETHIENNE ARENDS

WILD AND WON­DER­FUL: The beau­ti­ful, fun-lov­ing and strong ladies who took part in the Wild Women cal­en­dar shoot, got to­gether for a night of cel­e­bra­tion with mem­bers of the char­i­ties they are spon­sor­ing at the re­cent cal­en­dar launch

GENTLEMAN’S TOUCH: Tandile Kula and her part­ner for the evening, Siphelele Sityana

LADY IN RED: Nikita Botha and Jor­dan Bis­si­ahn all dressed up to paint the town red

PRINCESS FOR THE NIGHT: Shaan Prinsloo and Lazare Ed­wards look fit for a ball

SNAZZY COU­PLE: Mih­lali Mgudlwa and Yonela Mdingi ar­rive in style

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