Kites inspire people to look up

This photograph taken at the Heideveld preview in 2015 shows how a Pretoria kiting couple, Danielle and Jacques Fourie, celebrated their honeymoon at the time.

The sky above Heideveld will be filled with colourful creations on Wednesday October 24, when international and local kite experts put on a special preview of the 24th Cape Town International Kite Festival at the Heideveld Sports Centre on Zuurberg Road.

Residents are invited to come along and enjoy the visual spectacle between 11am and noon.

The kiters will be visiting the area to share a little kite festival magic with the children who attend Cape Mental Health’s Heideveld Special Care and Education Centre.

The facility was purpose-built to provide education and learning opportunities for 60 children with severe and profound intellectual disability.

The annual Cape Town International Kite Festival is the grand finale to October’s Mental Health Awareness Month campaign and has been flying in support of Cape Mental Health since 1994.

“Rise Up is our theme for 2018,” said Ingrid Daniels, director of Cape Mental Health and president elect of the World Federation for Mental Health. We believe everyone is born with potential to rise up beyond life’s circumstances. Our mission and the services we provide – like the Heideveld Special Care and Education Centre – help people realise this potential and overcome the mental health challenges they may encounter. Kites are one of the tools we use. Almost everyone feels inspired when they simply lift their heads and look up,” she added.

The 24th annual Cape Town International Kite Festival takes place in Muizenberg on Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28.

For more information on the Cape Town International Kite Festival and Cape Mental Health visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or follow @CTKiteFest on social media.