Are our blanket donations really enough?

Are our blanket donations really enough?

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus – Matthew 14:22 (NIV)

If there is one miracle that Cape Town needs each winter it’s the one of Peter and Jesus walking on water. “Cape Town in winter” – a phrase that strikes a chill into anyone who’s experienced the cold, wet and windy weather that lashes the Cape this time of year.

For about two-thirds of the residents of Cape Town (that’s around one million people) it means an …

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TWD: Meet our top 3 fundraisers so far

TWD: Meet our top 3 fundraisers so far

We know its not about ‘winning’ but a little bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone, did it? With only four days to go, here are our current fundraising forerunners. Who’s feeling competitive?

1st Place: Jon Sherry

Current total raised: R6400
Goal: R10 000
Project: Paint the City TWD

On Sunday, Jon paddled, ran and cycled a 60km outline of the giant TWD logo! Think through that for a moment. Now be impressed.

SUPPORT JON!

2nd Place: Sam Campbell

Current total raised: R4500
Goal: R10 000
Project: Paddle for the People

Sam is going to …

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TWD: How to avoid a case of FOMO

TWD: How to avoid a case of FOMO

TWD is only eight days away but don’t panic if you haven’t gotten involved yet. Actually, wait, we take that back – do panic! But panic in the best way possible by signing up as an activist today or by donating to support one (or a few) of the TWD challenges.

And then you can relax knowing you’re not going to miss out on the biggest fundraising event of the year. (We haven’t done any research on that statement but we’re pretty confident.)

Here are a few …

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Midnight drills, bubbles and neon: How I’m preparing for TWD

Midnight drills, bubbles and neon: How I’m preparing for TWD

Why on earth would anyone choose to go for a jog or a walk around the Rondebosch Common at midnight on a public holiday dressed in lumo tights and waving a glow stick?

Well, Mike Hampton, the leader of the ‘Glow Around The Common’ TWD challenge, and a group of equally brightly-clothed TWD activists will be doing just this on Human Rights Day, 21 March 2014. Yes, they’re navigating the Common in the pitch-black of midnight.

If you spot them on your midnight meanderings, do not fear. …

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Not Just Another Shocking Headline

Not Just Another Shocking Headline

I try to not read the newspaper posters while I’m driving, but there are certain headlines that catch my attention.

They’re as sudden and sickening as a car crash.

‘Murder of girl, 11, in Delft’

‘Western Cape girl, 9, raped, set alight’

Most of us, if not all of us, have been shocked by these headlines. But when we skim-read news while driving to work or waiting in the grocery queue, we risk not letting any of it sink in and shock us to our core, as it should.

Yesterday, I …

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7 Signs of a Super Volunteer

7 Signs of a Super Volunteer

What makes a great volunteer?  Is it their DIY know-how? Their talent for making balloon-animals? Their excellent tea-making skills? Or their ‘magical’ power to make learning fun?

Most of us will be relieved to know that, while these would all be welcome skills, they’re not what makes a ‘super’ volunteer. Nor does a cape. Phew. So what does?

We asked a couple of our partners and initiative coordinators to share what they love to see in a volunteer. Here’s what some of them had to say:

1. Flexibility

“A …

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I Am A Citizen

The word ‘citizen’ tends to be thrown around quite carelessly without many of us taking the time to ask, how can we be good citizens? And what does it even mean to be a citizen? Margie Jansen shares how she’s grappling with her citizenship.

I am a South African citizen. I know this – I have the green ID book to prove it – but whenever someone brings up what it means to be an ‘active citizen’ I often feel like the least qualified person in …

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EXPOSED: Stand Against Corruption

All you need to do is read the newspaper headlines to know that corruption is a very serious problem – but an exciting new campaign is giving us the chance to do something about it.

Many of us can probably admit to having climbed atop a proverbial soapbox at least once to voice our frustrations about corruption in our country, right? 

After all, South Africa is mired in corruption from the small time bribery happening in shady alleyways to the gross mishandling of public funds taking place …

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6 Ideas for Mandela Day

For those of you who haven’t checked your calendar recently, this Thursday, 18 July, is Mandela Day! Haven’t yet thought of how you’re going to spend your 67 minutes? Don’t panic…

What are you doing this Thursday?

On the 18th of July every year, thousands of people celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday by giving 67 minutes of their time to do something that will help make the world a better place in honour of the man who dedicated his life to fighting for human rights.

Ideas range from …

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