Our Sisanda FunDaytion team was offered some exciting opportunities last year to share our exciting work with the world. In June, we were offered the chance to speak at TEDx Table Mountain – a worldwide platform about ‘Ideas Worth Sharing’. The theme of “Creative Perspectives on the Human-Nature Relationship’ gave us the opportunity to expose the audience to our thoughts on ‘What a difference a day makes!” Nicky Seymour’s talk painted a colourful picture of how the Sisanda FunDaytion brings joy to the lives of children throughout the Western Cape as we expose them to new people, experiences & possibilities through the fun outings organised by the FunDaytion. Comments from audience like “You really made me want to do something!” reminded us of the value of these opportunities for the children and how our work resonates with so many others.
Leesa and Anja climbed a cliff to confront their fears of public speaking by taking on a 100-wide audience in the UCT Psychology and Mowbray Teaching schools to ignite a spark in the students for volunteering. We value the opportunity to show how the simplicity of Fun can have an impact on children and adults alike and appreciate it when we can combine this with growing our circle of volunteers. Since these talks, our Facebook and Twitter have been abuzz with creative conversations and the new sign-ups have brought much energy to both of these social media platforms and or work. They have been invited back a number of times since then and will continue inviting new students throughout 2013.
While public talks and social media activity has been on the rise, it didn’t stop there! Our lovely Connector, Carryn Ortlepp linked us with SAFM and the Health Show for an interview which took place on the 30th of October. Dr Melissa Wallace one of our Co-founders and Trustees spoke of the health benefits that new experiences, people and ideas can have on a child’s psyche and how it encourages their aspirations for the future. She also highlighted the impact made by positive role models and how the involvement of one can be a possible remedy to the anti-social behaviours that are often predominant in these children’s communities. We were also given the chance to speak on Bush Radio and look forward to more opportunities to spread the news about Sisanda in 2013.
All in all a good year of introducing our work to the world…. ‘What a difference a year makes!’