Over the weekend I went with The Little Fighters Cancer Trust to St Joseph’s Home For Chronically Ill Children in Montana, Cape Town, to hand out shoes, hats, yoghurts, colouring books, crayons and juices to the sick babies of the home. The LFCT’s Facebook supporters donated just under 200 pairs of new shoes for children with Cancer as part of their “Barefoot for a Day Project”, which culminated in this delivery to the home’s “Daisy Ward”. We also had close to 100 knitted and crocheted beanies to hand out, as part of another project LFCT is running, “The Knit One Slip One Project”. It was a very touching and emotional experience. I enjoyed every child and what blew me away was the sheer amount of love these children have to give. From the moment we walked into the ward, they were screaming with joy and running up to us to hug us and jump on us. It was very special fitting each child with a gorgeous new pair of shoes, as well as picking out for each a knitted beanie. Each child in the ward of 25 children received a few pairs of shoes and beanies, and we left extras to make sure they truly have enough for this winter! The children also loved the colouring books and crayons, as well as the juices and yoghurts from Fair Cape Dairies. A huge thank you must go out to all the supporters of this organization, including individual supporters and corporate sponsors. It was a truly beautiful and fun-filled day for the Daisy Ward! To get involved, visit The Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s Facebook page.
So something I’ve been working on is the blog for Doubell Machines. Tadaa! Here it is: Proudly Mandela Bay: The Lives Behind Your Doubell Machine. Again, I’m discovering my “inner designer” and enjoying it so! There’s still a little to be done here and there, but after weeks of staff interviews, scanning, photographing and shooting, it is launched! Staff profiles of the office staff are along the right hand side. You will also find staff profiles of the factory workers. There is a videos category, as well as a category for our current initiatives such as the recent “going green” project. I encourage you to click on the various pages along the top under the heading, especially on the “about” page. This blog is linked to our official website and will be updated constantly with current events and happenings. I had the choice to scan in all the photos of old trade shows, conventions, machinery, press coverage and customers dating back to when my mother and late father founded the business in the 80′s, but we currently do have a full archive of those on our main website here if you are interested. For a full listing of products as well as more about each machine, including videos of them in operation, see that on our main website here. For info on research, training, franchising, current specials and the swopyard, see our website. You can also get a full company profile on our main website here. This blog only showcases a few select pictures but primarily it’s purpose is to showcase the lives behind your Doubell Machine. The people that make up the business, as well as the clients who benefit from it. It is current, fresh, fun and personal! P.s. don’t you love the name “Proudly Mandela Bay?” Check out our Facebook page, as well as our YouTube Channel.
Something exciting I’ve been reading about is the biographical film of Mandela’s life, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”, which is being released in South Africa in just five months. Entirely South-African made and the only motion picture with full endorsement from Nelson Mandela himself and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, I can’t wait to see this! Film producer Anant Singh announced on 27 May this year (which marked the 50th anniversary of Nelson Mandela arriving on Robben Island as prisoner) that the film is in its final stages of post production and will be released on November 29. The film started development back in 1996 when Singh was granted the film rights to Mandela’s autobiography by Mandela himself. It’s amazing to think after all these years of planning and execution, we will finally get to see it. Directed by Justin Chadwick, it started its principle photography a year ago and shot for 16 weeks around South Africa. The movie begins in 1924 and follows Madiba from his early childhood, through to his arrival in Johannesburg and culminates with his election as president of South Africa in 1994. During the course of the film, three actors play Nelson Mandela – Siza Pini plays the 8 year old Mandela, Atandwa Kani plays him at 16, and Idris Elba plays the remaining years. I absolutely love Idris Elba, he stars in the British TV Drama “Luther“. People say this role could see the popular British actor as a serious contender in the next Oscar race. I wouldn’t be surprised! Here is a related article if you are interested in reading more about the film. You can also like its official Facebook page here.
This friday night I’m MC’ing the event “Diner on the Wharf” at the V&A Waterfront’s Market on the Wharf. I’m super excited about this event, which is definitely going to be an amazing night of fun! With a three course meal, wine provided by Spier wine estate, a talk by senior winemaker at Spier Johan Jordaan and stunning prize giveaways, things will be very festive from 7pm! The cost is R200 per person, and you can book through “Go4Ward” Marketing & Events Company. To book, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them via the event’s facebook page. You can find the Market on the Wharf building along the waterfront right next to the Aquarium.
This is a wonderful non-profit organization which dedicates itself to relieve some of the heartache and difficulties faced by childhood Cancer-affected families. They support children with Cancer and their families as well as promote Childhood Cancer Awareness. It was founded in 2009 and is a registered NPO with PBO status. I am so honoured to be an ambassador for them and I am looking forward to our first project together, a visit to St Josephs. Here I am pictured with Tania and Tommy, LFCT Founders. Support this organization by liking their Facebook page here and their Twitter here. They really do amazing works including drives to hand out goodies to children with Cancer, as well as various awareness campaigns.
This weekend I gave a fun demonstration at Cape Town’s “Good Food & Wine show” with “48 Hours TV“. It was held at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Let me tell you, it was something else cooking in front of a live audience! The worst part was at the end when the audience gave me a mark out of ten, yikes! Thank goodness I scored an 8/10, else I wouldn’t have been able to show my face in public again The show ran in Cape Town from the 23 – 26 May and it hits Durban from the 8 – 11 August and Johannesburg between 21 – 24 September. Gordon Ramsay was here! Along with other celebrity chefs including Eric Lanlard, Bill Granger and James Martin amongst others. I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s show. It may have even been better than last year’s .. although last year they did have the Pillsbury man walking around which made my night and this year he was nowhere to be seen! See my article on last year’s here and you decide
The 2013 Good Food & Wine Show is guaranteed to inspire and delight you beyond your wildest foodie dreams.
In just over a month I’m off to New York to study “Acting for Film” at the New York Film Academy. They have schools all over the world including in Los Angeles, Paris, Florence, Harvard University, Beijing, Japan, Abu Dhabi, India and Australia. I chose New York because I’ve never been and let’s face it, it’s arguably the capital of the world. I’m very excited for the months I will be there! Aside from the actual course, I’m excited for the incredible guest speakers they get at the school (Kevin Spacey, Ben Kingsley, Steven Spielberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Billy Zane and many more). I’ve put together a list of six things I want to make sure I experience while I’m there – I get that it’s a huge city, but these are things that stand out to me. I recently did a similar article for my Madrid trip in June (see the article here). What’s great is, I celebrate my 25th birthday the day after I land in the U.S, so I would love to do something really special to celebrate (throw any ideas at me if you have!)
1. A horse & carriage ride through Central Park. I can’t think of a better way to gently introduce myself to this city – it’s as dramatic as I am! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to go back in time for a bit? The standard carriage ride costs $50. It can be located on Central Park South between 5th and 6th avenues.
2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I love art and I think I’ll absolutely love this famous museum. I’m particularly interested in the museum’s collection of ancient Egyptian art!
3. A stroll through the West Village in Manhattan. I saw an article on it by Time Magazine here. What appeals to me about this are the cobblestone streets which have remained unchanged since the 19th century. The Magnolia Bakery sounds amazing with their signature cupcakes. I understand their cupcake of the month this month is the “hummingbird” – banana, pineapple and pecan cake with sweet cream cheese icing topped with toasted pecans. Yum.
4. The Metropolitan Opera House. It’s located on Broadway at Lincoln Square in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It’s part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and it opened in 1966. The night of my birthday they are staging “The Sleeping Beauty” at 7:30pm.
5. Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village. What can I say, I love comedy! I hear this is a great club.
6. Film Forum. From my understanding this is a very popular independent movie house. I can imagine the films shown here are very interesting. As a film graduate, I will definitely appreciate what I would otherwise never get to see! I like the look of the original “Cleopatra” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Another one that caught my eye was “Rosemary’s Baby” starring Mia Farrow.
How about you? Do you have any suggestions for me for when i’m in New York?