Cape Town International Kite Festival – 22 & 23 October 2011The weather was at times wild, wet and windy at the seventeenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, which took place in Muizenberg on 22 and 23 October 2011 in Muizenberg, proudly hosted and managed by Cape Mental Health in association with Heart 104.9FM.
Over 17,000 people came to fly their kites or marvel at the kiting creations at this, Africa’s biggest kite festival. This included kiters from six countries – England, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, USA and all over South Africa – all of whom have vowed to return, even though the flying conditions had been so challenging this year; “We love Cape Town and will definitely be back,” said Susan Gomberg, who displaced her shoulder anchoring a big kite in the almost gale force winds. She made a complete recovery after being treated. Susan and her husband David Gomberg are two of the most widely-travelled kiters in the world and are patrons of the Cape Town International Kite Festival. It was their sixth visit.
Princess Helmi Ginanti, a member of the royal family of Bali, and her husband Ida Bagus attended for their first time. She said her favourite part of the Festival were the children. There were four kiters from Germany – Ralf Mareski, Bernd Halbeck, Axel Kostros and Bernhard Dingwerth. Bernhard was back for a third time, bringing his giant green crocodile kites and a vibrant clown fish with him. It was a first time visit for Italian kiter Edoardo Borghetti ; he ran kite-making workshops for children at Muizenberg Junior School and during the Festival, as well as flying his enormous bol kites.
‘One Sky One World – Mental Health for All’ was the theme, “We invited people to share One Sky and One World in unity and friendship with people from all walks of life. We fill the sky with kites as a reminder that mental health is important for all people and that there is not a community, a country or a culture where people are not vulnerable to mental illness or mental disability,” said Ingrid Daniels, Director of Cape Mental Health.
There was inter-school competitive fun on Saturday with the Boomerang Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition which involved children from 40 primary schools and schools for learners with special educational needs from around the Western Cape. There were two categories and the winners were:
Schools for learners with special educational needs: 1st St Joseph’s Home RC Primary, Montana; 2nd Mary Harding School, Athlone; 3rd Paarl School of Skills.
Mainstream primary schools: 1st Silverlea Primary, Athlone; 2nd Pauw Gedenk Laerskool, Wellington; 3rd Laerskool Paul Greyling, Fish Hoek
The People’s Post Heritage Kite Award on Sunday 24th October was won yet again by ten-year-old Mujaid Davids from Manenberg, who has been taught how to make traditional ‘Swaeltjie’ kites by his grandfather Goosain. In second place was Bobby Gathoo from Steenberg, who uses a fishing rod to fly his kites and third place went to Mujaid Miller from Lansdowne.
Children were kept happily entertained whatever the weather, with lots of family fun in the Boomerang marquee with Scooby Doo.
The Cape Town International Kite Festival was made possible thanks to the sponsorship and support of Boomerang, Cape Town Routes Unlimited, Cape Town Tourism, Heart 104.9FM, Old Mutual, Peninsula Beverages, People’s Post, Whale Watcher’s and Supersport Let’s Play.
All profits will go directly to Cape Mental Health to support its free mental health services for people in resource-poor communities. For more information on the Cape Town International Kite Festival and Cape Mental Health visit www.capementalhealth.co.za, www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest or contact them on (021) 447 9040 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issued on behalf of Cape Mental Health by On Course Communication.
Contact Cathy Williams or Noelene Botha on (021) 782 2847 / 084 682 2847 / email Info@OnCourseCommunication.co.za.