Spinning to raise kids’ spirits

2015-10-20 06:00
Sandra Dee Mitchell showing off her hooping skills.

Sandra Dee Mitchell showing off her hooping skills.

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“Playing with and mastering flow toys helps a person overcome fear through achievement and so begins the journey of endeavouring to create our dreams.”

With this thought in mind four flow artists from Plumstead have set in motion a plan to register a new non-profit organisation called Circles of Life.

Sandra Dee Mitchell, founder of Circles of Life, says the growing movement for change and community development in the Imizamo Yethu community in Hout Bay, and the possibility of contributing to other similar communities, have motivated the team to register as an NPO.

“To set this in motion the organisers have launched an online campaign via Thundafund to raise a total of R170 000 by 7 November.

“The team consists of passionate flow artists who use, among other flow arts, hooping and fire dancing to inspire youth (8 to 18 years old), from under-resourced communities, to find their passion in life,” she says.

Mitchell says she and the other artists have experienced the life-changing power of these arts and they have followed their dreams as a result.

“Should Circles of Life be successful in raising the full amount, the funds will be used to register the organisation, host a holiday programme in December for the youth in Imizamo Yethu (in partnership with Harmony Music Foundation) and run weekly classes in the community for the whole of next year,” Mitchell says.

Reaching the target will also allow Circles of Life to purchase and make flow toys to give to students, feed students during classes, make fire props and costumes for the students’ end-of-year performance and host a flow camp next year.

“We have been working with students from under-resourced communities for the past three years through partnerships with other NPOs. With the power of funding we can take this to the next level and begin to truly impact the lives of children and youth in a committed and meaningful way,” she says.

Their dream is to provide these programmes at an increasing number of schools across the province.

“We want to grow into a local and internationally recognised performance arts organisation exposing South African talent to an ever-growing arts community,” she says.

Mitchell says expressing ourselves is not always easy but inside the hula hoop people can access their inner child. The hoop is her expression, she says.

She says: “It is perfect in every way. I fell in love with the hoop back in 2008. It awoke my wild spirit, I became confident and alive, and from there beautiful things began to happen,” she says.

Duncan Roy Greenwood, a Circles of Life member and a spinning artist, says: “If we could create a world where every single person enters a flow state at least once a day we would have peace on Earth – this is my mission.”

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