Cape Town International Kite F

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Cape Town International Kite Festival: What it’s all about

It’s time to ‘Let Hope Fly’ at the 25th edition of the Cape Town International Kite Festival this weekend.

Cape Town International Kite F

Photo: Intagram/ctkitefest

Africa’s biggest kite festival is back! The Cape Town Kite Festival returns to Muizenberg this 26 and 27 October 2019 thanks to Cape Mental Health.

All profits of the Cape Town International Kite Festival go towards helping Cape Mental Health provide vital services to adults and children in resource-poor communities. All while Cape Mental Health is advocating the importance of mental health, festival-goers will have the chance to see some of the world’s most spectacular kites and ‘Let Hope Fly’ at the 25th Kite festival.

What to expect from the Cape Town International Kite Festival:

There’ll be free kite-making workshops, live entertainment, stalls and rides, more than enough to keep the whole family happily entertained. Festival-goers can also pack a picnic or take their pick of festival fare from the many food trucks.

The ‘flying fiesta’ will feature kiters from Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK and South Africa flying their incredible kites, to promote mental wellness and help prevent depression and suicide.

Ticket Details:

Tickets are R40 per person (R15 for 12 years and under) and all profits of the event go to help Cape Mental Health. 

What’s more is that if you buy your tickets on Quicket you could win a family weekend away at a Whale Watcher’s apartment (Muizenberg or Fish Hoek) valued at R3 500 OR a family VIP experience at this year’s Kite Fest.

For a bigger cause:

According to the World Health Organization, over 800 000 people die by suicide each year. This translates into a life being lost every forty seconds around the globe. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the age bracket of 15 to 29-year-olds.

The suicide rate varies between countries and within nations. According to the World Population Review 2019, some nations see higher rates while others experience lower occurrences of suicide.

South Africa is ranked within the top 50 countries with the highest suicide rate in the world. According to the World Health Organization’s 2016 recordings, 12.8 people had successfully committed suicide per 100 000 of our population.

The number of suicide occurrences was recorded to be particularly more prevalent among men compared to women. Every year approximately eight thousand people commit suicide, making it the third greatest cause of unnatural death within the country.

This translates into nearly 667 recorded deaths every month. Alarmingly, with every hour that passes in South Africa, there will be at least one fatal suicide.