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#FeedingTheHomeless

As the 20th of June made its annual appearance, so did the Winter Solstice. The longest night of 2014 is an evening that the people living on the streets of Cape Town dread – without food, warmth and shelter this night feels even longer.

Cape Town has provided me with 22 years of happiness, so I have decided that now it’s my time to give back to the Mother City.  On this wintery Friday I had the privilege of providing Chicken Breyani, coffee and blankets to 1500 homeless people, to help prepare them for the long night ahead.

Volunteers gathered on the Grand Parade and gave their time and energy to bring smiles to the homeless community who were very grateful. I spent time with many of them; their positive outlook on life, despite having so little, is inspiring. After everyone ate, the volunteers and the less fortunate broke out into dance, in celebration of an incredible evening. Giving back to the community for a mere 2 hours on a Friday, was the most rewarding experience; I am looking forward to being a part of this cause for many years to come.

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Matt O’ Sullivan, a friend of mine, enjoyed the experience just as much as I did and posted the most amazing status on Facebook: “Spent the evening feeding Cape Town’s hungry, cold and homeless. What an incredible energy transfer. Nothing like the smiles, happiness and pure warmth I felt while offering my energy. Left smiling ear to ear. Going to be doing a lot more of this. All it takes is the right mind-set and willingness to help during the tough times. Still a lot more to be done out there. “If everyone helps their neighbour, who will need help?” – I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Thank you to the volunteers, as well as, the organisers from Pick ‘n Pay and Mustadafin Foundation for providing their time, food and blankets. A special mention must be given to Lead SA, for giving Capetonians the opportunity to get involved with such a great cause.

There are so many incredible initiatives in Cape Town, needing willing volunteers. People of Cape Town: I urge you to give back to the Cape Town Community – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Another perfect activity to add to your #CPTBucketList.

My CPT Bucket List

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A Bucket List is defined as a list of things to do before you die which originates from the term “kicked the bucket”

This is going to be the theme for my blog. I want my blog posts to inspire my fellow Capetonians to join me and explore the most beautiful city in the world: Cape Town. There are adventures which lie around every corner whether it be paragliding over our world renowned beaches, going to a music festival or even sitting in a coffee shop on Long Street enjoying our culturally rich and diverse city.

Something that has always confused me a little is when chatting to fellow Capetonians, I have noticed that we all have a yearning desire to travel the world but the question I ask myself is: why travel to the ends of the earth to seek adventure when it lies in our very own back yard? Recently, The New York times voted Cape Town as the Number One  Place to Go in 2014 as well as us all being very aware of the fact that Cape Town has been awarded Design Capital of the Year.

I urge everyone to create a Bucket List. This Bucket List will act as a blue print to your goals & dreams. As the months and years tick by, so will the activities on your list. No matter how small or big they may be, put them down – you never know when the opportunity may present itself!  I also ask you to share your idea’s with me, I am always up for something new and to learn from your experiences.

We live in a holiday destination, lets explore it!

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