The 24th annual Cape Town International Kite Festival took place in Muizenberg last weekend. The festival is the biggest of its kind in Africa and kiters from around the world proudly flew their kites in support of Cape Mental Health. While renowned international kite-flyers attracted the crowds, Steenberg’s Bobby Gathoo displayed his creations, which he has been doing for the last 15 years.An aerial “big five” flew for all to see when Nemo, Squid, Octopus, Red Teddy and Bertie the Worm took to the skies.“Rise Up was our theme for 2018,” says Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president elect of the World Federation for Mental Health. “We believe everyone is born with potential to rise up beyond life’s circumstances. Our mission and the services we provide help people realise this potential and overcome mental health challenges they may encounter. Kites are one of the tools we use. Almost everyone feels inspired when they simply lift their heads and look up,” she adds. Statistics show that every year one person in four will have a mental health condition. Mental health affects everyone, but for people living in a disadvantaged urban or rural community, the impact of disability and poverty can be particularly challenging.