Museum raises funds for women

2018-07-24 06:01
Staff and residents of Simon’s Town, with the bags that were donated as part of the Handbag Project.

Staff and residents of Simon’s Town, with the bags that were donated as part of the Handbag Project.

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In celebration of Women’s Month the Simon’s Town Museum is raising funds for the Teddy Bear Clinic through a musical evening, as well as three projects to celebrate, as well as make a difference in, the community that the museum serves.

“We started in 2018 with the Handbag Project where we collect handbags filled with comfort items for rape survivors in the initial reporting process at the police station,” says Tazneem Wentzel, educations officer at the museum.

These will be donated to the Jes Foord Foundation.

Jes Foord from Durban became a heroine to many South Africans when she showed courage and selflessness by establishing the foundation following her traumatic rape by four men in 2008. The Handbag Project is one of the many projects run by the foundation.

“The museum started a collection drive in June for handbags that residents are not using. We now call on the community to not only donate bags but various other items, including a facecloth, soap, deodorant, new underwear and a towel,” she says.

To support the Teddy Bear Clinic the museum is hosting a musical performance by Bella Poetica, Femina Pastiche, on Sunday 19 August, and all proceeds from the entry fee will be donated to the clinic.

“The clinic offers efficient and professional services that promote healing for abused and neglected children. The entrance fee is R80 and R50 for pensioners,” she says.

Bella Poetica Musica was founded upon the idea that classical music can be utilised to transform spaces. The group decided to use poetry, narrative and dance to animate the displays within museums and thus transform the space between audience and spectator.

“Poetry, narrative, dance and music are wonderous mechanisms in depicting the rich cultural history of Cape Town. It allows the journey of how the Cape was formed to be articulated through the interspersion of display and creating a dialogue in which the audience is able to engage,” Wentzel says.

“Femina Pastiche,which is Bella Poetica Musica’s Women’s Month performance, deals with different aspects of the female form in terms of voice, body and dialogue. It is a celebration of women and the intrinsic role that women have in the fabric of history.”

Femina Pastiche will bring the Handbag Project to a close which means that it will be the last day to drop off any items or bags.

V Contact Tazneem on 021 786 3040 or email education­@­


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