What an amazing Friday!
On Friday, 1 June, India Baird spoke to the grade 4-7 learners at Reddam Atlantic School in Sea Point. Some of the Reddam students have already helped Red River paint their foundation phase classrooms and the learners have now raised R3000,00 from their weekly cake sales to donate to Rock Girl. The funds will be used for the Grade 7 Leadership Camp that the Red River girls will attend later this year. Rock Girl is honored to have been selected as a recipient of the donation from such a caring, compassionate school. Thank you Reddam!
On Friday, 25 May, students from Red River School visited the Soundhouse to create digital storybooks about their school, lives, and community. Meryl van Noie, director of the Soundhouse, taught them how to use the equipment and they were soon drawing amazing stories. In the following weeks, they will narrate the stories and add music and sound. Many of the stories are incorporating the recent violence that occurred in Manenberg and its impact on the children and their community. Watch this space to see their finished products! A big thanks to Meryl for opening her doors to Rock Girl.
The full moon on Monday, 4 June 2012 will herald another one-of-a-kind, 10km Full Moon Bike Ride, sponsored and hosted by The Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street, Cape Town. This is in support of The Rock Girl Safe Spaces initiative which is a grassroots public art and education campaign to raise awareness about the need for safe spaces in our cities and surrounding communities.
Rock Girl is partnering with artists and designers to create public benches that will serve as symbolic safe spaces.
Registration is from 17h30 and the cycle starts at the hotel at 18h30. There is no need to book unless a hired bike is required. The ride is open to the public and accommodates cyclists of all ages and capabilities. The cost is R50 and includes the cycle ride, iced tea, snacks at The Grand Daddy and entertainment from Nomadic Orchestra. Derek van Dam, well-known TV presenter, is the master of ceremonies.
An auction of Paul du Toit’s artwork, a two-night stay at Grand Daddy Hotel & Old Mac Daddy as well as other valuable items will follow at 7.30pm.
In April 2012, learners from Red River Primary School participated in the world’s largest public art project, the Inside Out Project. The students came together at the Bank in the Fringe in Cape Town to talk about what it is like to be a girl and a boy and to take photographs of each other. One Dog Chicken set up the studio and taught the kids how to use the cameras. Watch this space as the kids will be pasting the photos up around Cape Town and Manenberrg later this year, taking back the streets!