The Citizen (Gauteng)

Em­pow­er­ing Happy Peo­ple

Non­profit’s Tak­ing Smiles to Schools looks to curb bul­ly­ing.

- – Cit­i­zen re­porter

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.

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