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“Let Hope Fly” is the theme for this year’s Cape Town International Kite Festival on 26 & 27 October 2019 in Muizenberg. 

This will be the 25th edition of our annual flying fiesta, with kiters - from Germany, Italy, Turkey, the UK and South Africa - flocking to the Mother City to fly their incredible kite creations in support of Cape Mental Health, promote mental wellness and help prevent depression and suicide.

As the event host and beneficiary, we have been using kites to generate funds and raise awareness of mental wellness since 1994. The annual kite festival is the highlight of our annual October Mental Health Awareness Month campaign, the focus of which for 2019 is suicide awareness and prevention.

“With self-harm and suicide rates on the rise, particularly amongst children and young adults, we want to share a message of hope and encouragement,” said Dr Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president-elect of the World Federation for Mental Health. “Just as kiters use a line to keep hold of their kites, hope can be the line to life. Sometimes you may find hope inside yourself; at other times it may need to come from a friend, a loved one or a professional. The important thing is to hold on and not let go.”

To show your support, come and fly a kite at our 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival, make a donation, volunteer to help or simply share how you will #LetHopeFly on social media, tagging @CapeMentalHealth.

The 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival is at Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner of The Row & Axminster Road), offering family fun that’s good for mind and body. Enjoy watching the world’s most incredible kites plus free kite-making workshops, excellent local live entertainment, crafts, stalls and rides. Pack a picnic or take your pick of festival fare from the many food trucks. Tickets available at the gate and on www.quicket.co.za at R40 per person (R15 for 12 years and under).

For more information follow @CTKiteFest on Facebook and Instagram or contact us on 021 447 9040 or info@cmh.org.za.

[ Posted 21 August 2019 ]

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