Message of hope to the world

2016-04-12 06:00
 At the back from left are Richard Buckley (Cape Town Sports Council), Sandra Ellis (Cape Mental Health), JP Naude (Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation). In front are Bennett Bailey (Cultural Affairs and Sport Promotion) Mari and Ashley Ware-Lane (kiters) and Amelia Jones (Cape Mental Health).

At the back from left are Richard Buckley (Cape Town Sports Council), Sandra Ellis (Cape Mental Health), JP Naude (Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation). In front are Bennett Bailey (Cultural Affairs and Sport Promotion) Mari and Ashley Ware-Lane (kiters) and Amelia Jones (Cape Mental Health).

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Well-known kiters Ashley and Sarah Maria Ware-Lane is off to China, to participate in the Weifang and Beijing Kite Festivals.

On Monday they were officially sent off by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), along with Cape Mental Health.

“DCAS has an on-going partnership with the Shandong Sports Bureau in China. Through this partnership, local athletes are given the opportunity to participate in sporting events in China, while the Western Cape also hosts Chinese athletes,” explains Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health.

Cape Mental Health is the official organiser of the annual Cape Town International Kite Festival, where Ashley and Sarah Maria have been actively involved for a number of years.

“Our kiting advisors will show the world how we use the symbol of the kite as a message of hope for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities,” she says adding that the Cape Town International Kite Festival has become the biggest mental health awareness event in South Africa, and has been raising funds and awareness for more than two decades.

It is also Africa’s biggest kite festival.

Anroux Marais, Western Cape minister of cultural affairs and sport, says her department is committed to supporting local athletes.

“We need to offer our athletes opportunities to participate on an international level so that they can showcase and grow their talent. We are committed to talent identification and skills development as it enables our sportspeople to compete at international level and display their excellence honed in the Western Cape.”

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