Kiters visit Khayelitsha to ‘let hope fly’

Italian kite-maker Edo Borghetti will be visiting Khayelitsha on Thursday October 24 to fly kites at Manyanani Peace Park ahead of the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival in support of Cape Mental Health. Picture: Supplied

This October, Mental Health Month, Cape Mental Health is inviting people to “let hope fly” at the Manyanani Peace Park, Khayelitsha, from 10am to 11am on Thursday October 24.

International and South African kiters attending the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival, will be at this special preview.

The kiters will be visiting the area to share some kite festival magic with the children who attend Cape Mental Health’s Imizamo Yethu Special Care and Education Centre, which provides education and learning opportunities for up to 90 children with severe and profound intellectual disability.

Everyone is welcome to attend at no cost and see some spectacular kites brighten the sky.

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,” said 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.”

For more information about the Khayelitsha community fly, the 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival and Cape Mental Health, visit www.capementalhealth.co.za, follow @CTKiteFest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or contact Cape Mental Health on 021 447 9040 or info@cmh.org.za