Cape storm puts international kite fest in debt

2015-11-02 14:42
Day 1 of the International Kite Festival in Cape Town. (Supplied, Cathy Williams)

Day 1 of the International Kite Festival in Cape Town. (Supplied, Cathy Williams)

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Cape Town - Gale force winds and heavy rain led to the cancellation of the second half of the 21st Cape Town International Kite Festival on Sunday, leaving organisers R300 000 in the red.

The two-day festival, which is non-profit organisation Cape Mental Health’s biggest annual fundraiser, was called off on Sunday morning, organisers said.

- PICS: International Kite Festival Day 1

The funds raised are used to finance upliftment programmes focused on children and adults affected by mental disabilities.

“It’s a major blow financially,” said CMH’s deputy director Vimla Pillay.

“The kite festival is our biggest fundraising and awareness event of the year. We had a wonderful day on Saturday, but Sunday is traditionally our busiest day. We expected to generate at least R300 000, money that we plough directly into providing vital mental health services.”

Kite enthusiasts from across the country as well as Germany, the Netherlands and the UK took part in the festival and have been flying their creations for the past few days with children from CMH’s special education and care centres in Heideveld and Khayelitsha.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management were on high alert on Sunday following the South African Weather Services’ warning of heavy rain for Sunday in parts of the metro, Cape Winelands, Overberg and Eden District.

Despite this no reports of flooding were received, said spokesperson Charlotte Powell.

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