Colourful skies for mental health

Youngsters enjoyed the spectacle of colour at last year’s community fly.
Youngsters enjoyed the spectacle of colour at last year’s community fly.

Later this month, the skies will again be lit up with colour as Liberty Promenade Mall once again hosts its community fly.

With October being Mental Health Awareness Month, the event is organised ahead of the Cape Mental Health’s International Kite Festival.

In the lead up to both the festival and the community fly, residents are invited to a kite decorating competition on Saturday 19 October followed by the community fly on Thursday 24 October.

The kite decorating competition will be held from 10:00 to 14:00. Children are invited to decorate a kite using paints, recycled paper and various other craft materials. A panel of judges will select the top four decorated kites in various age categories and each winner will receive a Liberty Promenade Gift Card to the value of R150.

Slots for the workshop are limited, so pre-registration at centre management is advised to book your spot.

On the community fly on Thursday 24 October from 14:30 to 16:30, the sky will fill with colour when international and local kite experts, in town for the Cape Town International Kite Festival, come for a visit. After touring Cape Mental Health’s Training Workshops Unlimited, the kiters will head to the Supa Quick parking area at Liberty Promenade to fly some of their incredible kites. Everyone is welcome.

“Raising awareness for mental health and mental illness has remained an important initiative. We are excited to be hosting a Kite Decorating Competition this year alongside the Community Fly.

“Creativity and self-expression encourage a healthy mind and boost self-confidence in children. Mental health is something to be considered from a young age and we need to do everything we can to ensure our youth are stimulated in positive ways,” says Brenda Bibby, general manager at Liberty Promenade. “We hope to see lots of people here to #LetHopeFly for Cape Mental Health.”

October’s Mental Health Awareness Month campaign is focused on suicide awareness and prevention. “Our kite festival theme ‘Let Hope Fly’ is intended to encourage everyone, especially those personally affected by depression or suicide,” says Dr Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president-elect of the World Federation for Mental Health.

“Just as kiters use a line to hold onto their kites, hope can be a line to life. Sometimes you may find hope inside yourself; at other times it may need to come from a friend, a loved one or a professional.

“The important thing is to hold on and not let go.”

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