When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons…

When life gives you lemons… go for a #TWDLemonation, right?

Not sure what we’re talking about? Haven’t seen any #lemonfaces in your Facebook Timeline yet? Wait? Hold the lemons! We better catch you up then.

#TWDLemonations is a social media project started by Ross Deyer. And it works as follows:

1. Film yourself drinking a shot of lemon juice or eating a lemon.
2. Then, make a R50 donation to TWD at bit.ly/lemonations – every single cent will go directly to education, employment and early childhood development needs in Cape Town.
3. Next, share your video …

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The TWD way to friend request…

The TWD way to friend request…

You are standing in front of a work friend and you are about to encourage them to participate in TWD. They don’t know Common Ground, they’ve never heard of Common Good and they have a baffled look on their face when you mention That Was Different.

Sound familiar?

Campaigns like TWD are designed to get as many people as possible to participate – whether as an activist or someone sponsoring an activity. But getting others to join in this great cause may feel awkward. And perhaps, like me, …

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Tee-duhb-uhl-yoo… what?!

Tee-duhb-uhl-yoo… what?!

Our third annual That Was Different – also known as TWD (or tee-dubh-uhl-yoo-dee) – campaign is just a few weeks away. And the excitement level at Common Good and TWD Headquarters is akin to a bunch of teen-girls at a One Direction concert… Yep, we’re hysterical with excitement!

Last year more than 1500 of you did something different on 21 March and raised over R310 000 for TWD (check out this video to see what happened on TWD Day and this video for where the money went)! So, do you understand why we …

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‘Tis The Season To Be Generous

‘Tis The Season To Be Generous

How can we put Christ back into our Christmas celebrations? Common Good executive director, Sarah Binos, shares how she’s trying to do this with her family.

What would your challenge be to Christ-followers living in Cape Town this Christmas?

First of all, it’s important to say that I haven’t figured this all out! I’m still grappling with this in my own life! My challenge to myself and to other Christians would be to consider the implications of what we’re celebrating.

Christ’s birth was incarnational – he left the …

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TWD: Look what YOU did

TWD: Look what YOU did

So last Friday wasn’t just any ordinary day in Cape Town. Yes, it was Human Rights Day. But it was also TWD Day – the day when people did something different to make a difference in education and employment in our city.

And, well, we’re super impressed and blown away with everyone’s creativity, commitment and generosity! From the moment the clock struck midnight on 21 March, Cape Town was buzzing and blazing with, well, different events and happenings. Think glow-in-the-dark runners, Promenade-moonwalkers, long-distanced leapfroggers, dancers on …

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TWD: What to do, Where to be and When

TWD: What to do, Where to be and When

If you haven’t already signed up for a TWD challenge, you’re in luck! There are still loads of events taking place where you can show up (with cash, of course) to take part, or watch from a safe distance if you’ve a sprained ankle, or, erm, have another really, really good reason

Here’s a schedule of some of these events. The name’s should be enough to intrigue further investigation, surely? Click on the Project name for more info!

TIMEPROJECT

6am – 11:30amYellow Breakfast on Lion’s Head

6:30amTour de …

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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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A note from Kelvin, the TWD panda

A note from Kelvin, the TWD panda

Hi there,

For those who don’t know me, my name is Kelvin. It’s probably worthwhile saying at this stage that I am a panda bear. Recently, I’ve been helping out as the TWD mascot. Needless to say my father is incredibly proud. You might recognise some of the work he does for WWF.

I’ve been asked to share how I get some of my fun ideas for TWD, so here it goes:

1. Waterfalls
Some of my best ideas come when I’m cleaning myself under a waterfall. Now, I know …

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