Pillow fight raises money for charity

Pillow fighters came out in their numbers to support a worthy cause.

The Great Pillow Fight on Saturday November 12, ended on a positive note for all.

The charity event, held to raise funds five local NPOs, saw about 500 people- including nearly 100 volunteers – taking part in a mass pillow fight.

Although strong winds were a set-back for the organisers, young and old came out to support, donate and share in an unusual day of excitement at the College of Cape Town’s Crawford campus’ sports complex.

In addition to delicious food, face painting, henna tattoos and jumping castles for the little ones, The Great Pillow Fight also had a photo booth, games and giveaways, including cable car rides up Table Mountain. Vadhini Indian Dance Academy performed, while DJ Casper, Pop Idol star Mujahid George and Dubai-based Adam and Lee offered up some stellar performances.

Local pop singer Jimmy Nevis wowed the crowd with his hits, including 7764, saying he never lets an opportunity pass to perform on home ground.

The pillow fight itself was divided into age-appropriate games, where children and over-18s got to share in the fun under the watchful eye of pillow marshals.

“Although the turnout was less than expected – we were initially hoping for at least 1 000 visitors – we received such positive feedback from pillow fighters, volunteers and spectators that we will definitely be planning a second event next year,” said Errol Muller, who heads up the organisation Deeds of Love, and who initially came up with the idea.

“We are immensely grateful to all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and prize-givers, because without them, The Great Pillow Fight would simply not have been possible,” he said.