Fly a kite and give hope

Karen Germishuys, kiter Mari Ware-Lane and film-maker Frans Marais “on set” filming for Cape Mental Health’s first-ever virtual Cape Town International Kite Festival.

Amateur kiter and professional film-maker Frans Marais from Plumstead has helped Cape Mental Health take their annual Cape Town International Kite Festival virtual.

Together, he and his partner Karen Germishuys, have created more than 20 kite-making workshops and kiting films for the virtual event.

Mr Marais is an amateur kiter who has been attending the annual Cape Town International Kite Festival for many years. When the Covid-19 crisis hit, making the annual event impossible, the couple stepped up to help the non-profit organisation create an online campaign that will share the kite festival magic with the world.

To watch the various kite-making workshops and kiting videos get a ticket to the virtual kite festival on www.capementalhealth.co.za/HopeOnTheRise for a recommended donation of R50 per person. There are free tickets available for those who are not able to contribute at this time.

Even though there cannot be the usual kite festival this October, the organisers at Cape Mental Health don’t want anyone to miss out on the festival.

The goal is to raise R250 000 for Cape Mental Health to fund essential free mental health services. Join kiters all over the globe and fly your kite anywhere and any time between Saturday October 10 and Saturday October 31.

Share your photos, videos and messages of hope, tagging #HopeOnTheRise and @CTKiteFest, and feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds. You’ll also receive an official certificate of your participation.

A ticket gives access to all festival competitions as well as online content including the kite-making workshops.

There’s also a colouring-in competition for the little ones and several short kiting films on the online platform as well as a concert on Saturday October 24, featuring comedian Dalin Oliver, singer and songwriter Jarrad Ricketts and drag artist, Manila von Teez who plan to combine music, dance and laughs for an evening of entertainment from the comfort of your own home.

Click here to buy tickets or WhatsApp 067 321 9572, call 021 447 9040 during office hours or email info@cmh.org.za for more information.