Kite Festival Is Raising Awareness For Mental Health – We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB

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South Africa’s biggest kite festival is raising awareness for Mental Health. Kiters are coming from China, England, Germany, Poland and across South Africa.

Credit: Brenton Geach

The annual Cape Town International Kite Festival is the biggest mental health awareness event in South Africa. October is Mental Health Awareness month and the event uses the day to raise funds.

100% of profits go to the Cape Mental Health to provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town and beyond. Cape Mental Health is an award-winning non-profit organisation providing comprehensive and proactive mental health services in the Western Cape.

“We all have the basic right to fly – to explore our abilities, develop our skills and soar freely at home, work, school and in our community,”

“Children and adults with mental health needs have the same human rights as everyone else and at our 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival, we will be celebrating everyone’s ‘Right to Fly’, to be accepted, respected and included.” – Ingrid Daniels, Director of Cape Mental Health.

The event will host free kite-making workshops for children and adults. There will also be live entertainment and rides, a free, supervised Toddler Zone and a food market. Visitors are also welcome to bring along a picnic. The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens at the Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row) on the 28th and 29th of October.

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11 Comments

  1. Hilary Melton-Butcher on October 28, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Michelle – it’s on this weekend … I see – I do hope they’ve had a wonderful time – it’s a great initiative … mental health is in the news here too … something we need to support and people we need to care about – a wonderful festival … I do hope they raise lots of cash and get lots of extra support – cheers Hilary
    My post will go up Monday …

  2. susan scott on October 28, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I will definitely share this Michelle – I wish I was there for it but I see the last day is tomorrow! I’ll be in CT next week! I spoke to someone in CT this p.m. who said that CT was having one of it’s beautiful pearly days so I hope there’s a little wind in Muizenberg tomorrow! How lovely to have this initiative based on the credo we each have the right to fly and to raise awareness about mental health issues. Thank you!

  3. Lynda Dietz on October 28, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I love kites! And what better way to reach people and improve their mental health that to make one?

  4. Emily Bloomquist on October 29, 2017 at 4:01 am

    That must be something to see with various shapes and bright colors flying all over the sky! How wonderful that the funds all go to help with mental health – a long neglected health area the world over. Thanks for sharing this with us Michelle!

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    One hundred percent – that’s great!

  6. L. Diane Wolfe on October 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    A kite festival is a wonderful way to raise awareness.

  7. Shilpa Garg on October 31, 2017 at 8:56 am

    What a lovely way to raise awareness for such an important issue. The kites truly represent their goal of everyone’s ‘Right to Fly’, to be accepted, respected and included. Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

  8. Leslie S Rose on November 2, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Kites are a wonderful idea to promote the positive. Loved the picture with the kiddos.

  9. Lynn Hallbrooks on November 2, 2017 at 2:53 am

    I’m sort of like Charlie Brown with his kite but my friend and I have sailed a few kites together and it was great fun. I hope others found joy in these kites and that the organization got what they need to help others. Thanks for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB

  10. Simon Falk on November 4, 2017 at 7:30 am

    So many of us have pleasant memories of kites when we were younger. But this is something. Great cause, Michelle. To think it is drawing people other nations too is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Toi Thomas on November 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    This is so cool and what a great way to raise awareness.

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