Kites let chil­dren’s dreams take flight

Char­ity to ben­e­fit from colour­ful fes­ti­val

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - THEM­BEKA DLAMUKA

THE CAPE Men­tal Health or­gan­i­sa­tion treated pupils from Imizamo Yethu Spe­cial Care and Ed­u­ca­tion to fly­ing kites with pro­fes­sional kiters at Manyanani Peace Park this week.

The pupils met kiters from around the world ahead of this week­end’s 22nd Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Kite Fes­ti­val held to­day and to­mor­row on the lawns of Zand­vlei Na­ture Re­serve in Muizen­berg.

This year’s theme is #BornToFly. Kiters from Canada, China, Ger­many, Eng­land, Nether­lands, New Zealand, Sin­ga­pore and South Africa are ex­pected to at­tend.

The young­sters had a great time. They teamed up with pro­fes­sional kiters Fred and Donna Tay­lor from Canada, Gadis Widiy­ati Riyadi from Sin­ga­pore, Ashley WareLane from Brack­en­fell, Peter Hul­coop from the UK, Greg Moun­tjoy from Knysna and Ian and Jenny Is­lip from Parow.

“The smiles on their faces were price­less,” said Santie Ter­re­blanche, deputy di­rec­tor of Cape Men­tal Health.

“We de­cided to bring the fes­ti­val to the kids of Khayelit­sha as some of them won’t be able to at­tend (the fes­ti­val) over the week­end.”

The young­sters en­joyed fly­ing kites and try­ing to pop bub­bles made by a wind­pow­ered bub­ble ma­chine.

The fes­ti­val of­fers af­ford­able, feel-good fam­ily fun with free kite-mak­ing work­shops, in­clud­ing ses­sions with mas­ter kite maker Ebrahim Sambo from Athlone, who will give lessons on how to cre­ate a tra­di­tional Cape Swaeltjie (Swal­low) Kite.

Ter­re­blanche said the pur­pose of the fes­ti­val was to cre­ate aware­ness and to be a sym­bol of hope.

It was also cre­ated for peo­ple to have fun with their fam­i­lies out in the out­doors. They can bring their own kites or buy them at the fes­ti­val.

“We be­lieve every­one is born with po­ten­tial to fly beyond life’s cir­cum­stances,” said In­grid Daniels, di­rec­tor of Cape Men­tal Health. “Our mis­sion is to help peo­ple re­alise their po­ten­tial and over­come men­tal health chal­lenges they may en­counter.”

All the prof­its go to help­ing pro­vide men­tal health ser­vices to chil­dren and adults in Cape Town and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

PIC­TURES: BHEKI RADEBE

Phe­lisa Gayiya from Imizamo Yethu Spe­cial Care and Ed­u­ca­tion flies a kite at the fes­ti­val.

Pupils play with bub­bles at the kite fes­ti­val at Manyanani Park in Khayelit­sha.

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