Wow, Saturday eve I partied like I was still twenty two-oo-o-oooo (sorry, but that damn song is so freakin’ catchy)… then I woke up the next morning, reality hit, and felt like I was 100 and bloody 50.
But hey, nobody said partying for a great cause was going to be easy on the body. All I can say is that I loved every minute, and therefore the pain afterwards was totally worth it.
5 for change pulled off another amazingly successful event & I now get why everyone was raving about last year’s bash for ages after. This will definitely be something I make sure I have on my calendar for next year.
I’ve been a little swamped of late, which meant I had to do a very last minute scramble to sort out my Great Gatsby look (I heard there was going to be a prize for best dressed, and my competitve side was all “yeah, bring it”). Thankfully a little shiny number from YDE caught my eye on Friday eve, followed by a cute little feather & diamante headband from Woolies. Then the rest just kinda fell into place from my wardrobe.
To complete the look however, I needed my Mr Gatsby, right? Unfortunately the boyfriend was working, but his friend, actor & general great guy Francis Chouler graciously stood in as his stunt double for the evening:
The event took place at our very elegant Cape Town City Hall. This was in fact my very first time inside this historic landmark and I was totally blown away by how incredible it is. Let me give you a quick tour:
Upon arrival we were treated to a Patron & Appletiser cocktail, followed by some really yummy capanes (of which I have no photos because they jumped into my mouth to quickly – apologies). My poison of choice for the rest of the evening was a not-so-bright mix of Graham Beck bubbly and coffee Patron shots. (now you’re starting to understand why I felt like total death the following day)
Besties Leigh & Clouds were also rocking their best Daisy flapper looks. Together we kinda looked like we could’ve been a sultry singing trio from the 20s (but you certainly don’t want to here me sing – we would’ve needed some serious Milli Vanilli magic, that’s for sure):
But of course, the evening was all about the 5 amazing initiatives we were there to support. We got to chat to the inspiring people behind them and learn more about what they do and what they need.
I briefly discussed them in my pre-party post last week. But let’s recap:
Waves for Change: They use surfing as a tool to create an alternative learning environment for children and young adults who are identified by their schools and communities as ‘at-risk’. You’ll see from the pic here above that they say 80% of the surfers in the programme have dropped out of gangs since joining. It’s truly amazing that something so simple can have such a big impact on someone’s life…
Ilizwi Photo Club: A youth development initiative that works with young people in under-resourced communities by encouraging creative self expression through photography and multimedia. A slightly different variant to the Waves for Change initiative, but with similar goals. Giving people a creative outlet, a sence of belonging, as well as a support structure…
Iyeza Express: An affordable delivery service for prescription medication to residents of Khayelitsha. Iyeza Express was founded by Khayelitsha community member Sizwe Nzima in 2011. He started out by doing deliveries for 3 family members, and it’s grown in leaps and bounds since then. I was really impressed by Sizwe’s energy & passion. They’re achieving so much with very little resources. This is certainly a guy to watch…
See-Saw-Do: They focus on the physical transformation of the spaces in which children develop, as well as on the production and distribution of mother-tongue reading material to these facilities. We had the opportunity to write little messages to some of the kids from the schools they are involved in, which really made you stop & reflect. Kids need love & support and a safe learning environment, which makes what See-Saw-Do are doing so important…
Trashback: An incentivised recycling project where participants bring in recyclable materials and are rewarded with vouchers for their efforts, which can then be exchanged at local community stores. They are currently only based in Hout Bay, but have plans to move into the city. Oh and anybody’s welcome to bring their recycling in, as you can also opt to donate your vouchers to someone in need…
I loved this little bin they had on display which shows you how many recycling items had been collected:
Other opportunities to show some support was a raffle at R50 a ticket where you could win anything from designer wear to holidays and such. As well as a big auction where they had some extra special items, like a signed rugby jersey & some custom jewels.
I missed the best dressed announcement. All I know is it wasn’t me. (What?? I demand a recount??) And somehow, Leigh & I lost our dates towards the end of the evening…
But we partied like rock stars till the very end, then still continued on to have some crazy adventures over in Long St (which I’m not going to elaborate on), before finally settling in at my 2nd home – the Steers at the 24hr Woolies/Engen in Gardens. #bliss
A big thanks to Kirsten Hopwood from Prestige Communications for a really great event. And to the guys at 5 for change and everyone involved with the initiatives above, thanks for doing the incredible work you are doing.