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2010 Review

The volunteer organisation Safer Together has had another good year helping to raise awareness of safety and security issues that affect us all, to bring people from the different communities together, and to raise funds for equipment and relevant projects to promote safety in the Greater Muizenberg area. Where appropriate, we work with or support other relevant organisations such as neighbourhood watches, the Muizenberg Improvement District, the Homestead and SAPS.

We started the year with a talk by Clem Sunter, renowned futurist who offered some stimulating and though-provoking insights into the possible futures we may face. This was a sell-out event held at the Masque Theatre. Young violinist Anele Mhlahlo from Imizama Yetho entertained the audience in the foyer before and after the event.

The richly illustrated talk by Safer Together co-founder Truida Prekel about the Austrian Artist, Architect and Activist Friedensreich Hundertwasser in February had to be repeated in March, due to popular demand.

People enjoyed hearing about Hundertwasser's colourful, funful and unique buildings which promote a sense of community, along with love of nature and respect for the environment.

Early in March, internationally recognised worker in the promotion of peace, community and good-neighbourliness, Professor Judy Mayotte shared her rich experiences working world-wide with youth, refugees and women, and in the media. Along with her talk, we also enjoyed soup and bread at the Empire Café. This event and the two Hundertwasser talks, were also sell-outs.

Our Gala evening fundraiser in April was the play Rumours by Neil Simon at the Masque Theatre.

The event in May saw Karen Harrison, winner of the Business Women's Association Award as Social Entrepreneur in 2009, share with us and many community workers some of the successful work she has done in empowering communities and people through practical programmes. This evening was held at Upper Crust in Marina da Gama.

The June fundraiser was a Winter Soiree arranged by Megan Ellis-Smith and brought together a varied group of talented local musicians, including pianists, string players, flautists and singers to provide a feast of light classical music for all of us to enjoy in good company in a gracious environment of the St James Retirement Hotel.

Our annual Harbour House dinner was just after the World Cup and we invited Andrew Boraine, Chief Executive of the Cape Town Partnership to share with us what we can do to develop and promote our city.

The festivities in August coincided with the Theatre in The Muze Women's Festival with Safer Together hosting the Gala Evening, enjoying a feast of music and comedy with some of Cape Town's top female artists including Belinda Silbert, Aviva-Liora Moses, Avril Kinsey, Shimmy Isaacs, Natalia Da Rocha, Sascha Egelhof and Khadija Tracy Heeger.

The Muizenberg Moonlight Meander (MMM) still is one of Safer Together's most successful events and is now a firm fixture on Cape Town's event calendar. It takes place on Muizenberg's magnificent beach on the Saturday closest to full moon. Safer Together's original objective was to 'take back the beach' and make it safe for people to walk in the evenings with other like-minded souls.

 

Hundreds of beachwalkers of all ages, Capetonians and visitors alike, enjoy the sense of safety and freedom of walking together, come rain, shine or wind.

A new initiative introduced at the MMM in September was the Bags of Love project. We received many bags and 'treats' like toiletries to put in the bags, and even more promises. Below is a picture of the first handover to the Muizenberg SAPS Comfort Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

We are looking to the possibility of expanding our initiative to other places of care – to bring some joy to the lives of women who need it.

The MMMs in November, December and January were hosted in collaboration with Jungle Theatre and we combined our walks with a Pick Up Litter initiative to encourage people to keep our beach clean.

Jungle Theatre's Octopus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also supported the Vrygrond Community Centre with food items to provide a Christmas lunch for 300 people from the area.

 

 

It's been a year of frenetic yet enjoyable activity and we hope that together with your families you will take the time to relax, re-connect and re-charge your batteries for 2011. We thank you all for your kind support during the year and we look forward to seeing you all again at the various community activities. We also encourage you to support the Safer Together volunteers as we help make our community a model for working together and building the kind of community where we all can live in harmony.