The Citizen (Gauteng)
Empowering Happy People
Nonprofit’s Taking Smiles to Schools looks to curb bullying.
Happy People Entertainment and nonprofit Development Foundation (Happy People) have partnered with a team of artists from around the world, whose work will be showcased and sold from 30 November to 13 December.
The proceeds will be shared equally by the artists and Happy People.
The theme of the art is in line with the organisation’s mandate, which is to offer positive (smiles, peace, love, happiness) fun-fi lled, uplifting and inspirational events of premium quality that serve as an escape haven from our daily pressures.
This is done through multi-disciplinary art forms, clean fun, emotional intelligence workshops and wellness programmes.
The artists who will be showcased include the likes of jewellery designer and Tsogo Sun 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Nqobile Nkosi; Patti Blueh, a South African visual artist based in Ghana and Michael Unga Ekandji, a fine artist from the Democratic Republic of Congo currently residing in South Africa as a refugee.
Another contributor is Patrick Seruwu, a South African artist whose paintings have been exhibited nationally.
His work portrays the strength of women and captures moments from their daily lives.
Innocent Manjengenja, a stone sculptor who finds the inspiration for his work from the ancient Shona cultural sculptures from Zimbabwe will also have work on offer.
There will also be offerings from bead designer Busi Mahali from Gugulethu, Cape Town and Latifat Obanigba, a British Nigerian contemporary artist based in London.
Happy People will be using the money to raise awareness of the social ills that people have been faced with over the years, specifically bullying at schools, further exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19.
Happy People is currently embarking on an outreach programme aimed at improving the well-being of the schooling environment by assisting to make schools happier, peaceful and conducive for both pupils and educators. The programme, entitled Happy People Taking Smiles to Schools is scheduled to kick off on 4 March next year.
Happy People is an entertainment and development organisation which offers clean and inspirational entertainment through multi-disciplinary art forms, sport and emotional intelligence training.
Its vision is to instil a more positive, inspirational and uplifting spirit to all, especially the youth.
This Johannesburg-based, black female-led entity has over the past few years developed ped successful suco youth activities to remebstance remedy social ills, such as substance abuse, peer pressure and teenage pregnancy, while also discovering, iscovering nurturing and launching raw talent.
Radio Pulpit spreads the he word of God as well as perspective tive and insight into all aspects of life.
It provides the inspiration ation its listeners need to make it through each day and its programmes mes help restore family values, equip uip the leaders of tomorrow and build a moral nation.
It addresses current and relcal relevant issues from a biblical perspective. perin
Shows host experts in every field to guide listeners rs on their life’s journey.
Along with Radio Cape e
Pulpit and the I Am Youth Movement, it forms part of the Pulpit Media Group.
Radio Pulpit’s fi rst broadcast was on 5 August 1981.
The Happy People Taking Smiles to Schools programme will be carried out, Happy People style, through fun-filled emotional intelligence training, proven to be one of the best ways to address pain even as it empowers teachers and pupils to function effectively.
Training usually involves a unique edutainment component incorporating hip-hop dance styles, music, theatre, fun and games as well as fun-filled activities that promote social cohesion like the Happiest Smile Challenge/Competition, making it more appealing for the youth.
The event will be coupled with an exciting
Career Fair, which will comprise an exhibition ion platform that cuts across a plethora of sectors from engineering, agriculture, energy, entertainment, finance, health and information and communications technology to hightech robotics.
This will be held over three days at locations around the country, starting in Gauteng.
No more than 250 participants will be allowed per session.
Those wanting to participate in the art auction should send Happy People their contact details.
To get involved with the entire programme or just the outreach, send for the partnership guide by e-mailing partners@happypeople. co.za, or call 072-449-1736 or 067251-5748.