Kites take flight at festival

Residents enjoy the spectacle.

Hundreds of people gathered on Melkbosstrand Beach on Sunday October 9 for the 28th Cape Town Kite Festival.

The festival is the brainchild of Cape Mental Health and this year’s theme was #FlyYourDreams.

It was held in support of World Mental Health Day on Monday October 10.

Cape Mental Health is encouraging young and old people to fly a kite this October in support of mental health awareness.

Young and old at the festival.

Cape Mental Health CEO, Dr Ingrid Daniels, said the festival is also an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the services they provide in under-resourced communities.

She said getting funding has been a challenge in the wake of the Covid pandemic.

“The economy is really suffering as the result of the Covid pandemic, but we have had many good donors and grant makers support us for a number of years. And for that we are very grateful because without their support we cannot provide these free mental health services,” said Dr Daniels.

Cape Mental Health CEO, Dr Ingrid Daniels

Dr Daniels said failure to ensure that every child and adolescent has access to emotional support and mental health services will be a failure of our society to ensure this generation are resilient adults with good mental health.

Dancers entertained with their theatrics.