July 19, 2012
Cape Town Tourism and friends celebrate Mandela Day in photos
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Cape Town Tourism’s Burg Street Visitor Information Centre was a hub of needle-clicking activity as team members and friends joined woolly forces at its knit-a-row-and-go relay station on Mandela Day, on July 18.
Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated every year to commemorate former president and icon Nelson Mandela’s birthday – this year he celebrated his 94th birthday.
Breaking out their knitting needles and settling themselves on the red couches of the Visitor Centre, as well as at the resident coffee shop Crush, the keen knitters donated 67 minutes of their time to produce a few scarves and blankets for the babies of Meamana orphanage.
Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariëtte Du Toit-Helmbold also participated in the knitting relay. “Happy birthday, Madiba. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for helping to free our country, and for showing us the true meaning of humility and forgiveness. We wish you a long and healthy life." Read the blog, From The CEO, for more of Mariëtte’s thoughts on the importance of celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day.
While the knitters worked away furiously at the Burg Street Visitor Centre, other team members channelled their inner home-grown humanitarians and donated their blood at the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service in Long Street.
Here are few of images of Cape Town Tourism’s charitable Mandela Day endeavours:
Thank you to all of our visitors, friends and team members for helping us make Madiba proud! For more information, call us on +27 (0)21 487 6800/+27 (0)86 132 2223 or visit www.capetown.travel.