LIV Village

LIV Village is found in the heart of Durban, and they are the most incredible organisation.

I had never been to LIV Village and I am so glad that I did! It is such a special place, and the children are so amazing I have asked to be more involved in the future. I believe everyone should go visit and see the amazing work that they do there.

We recently collected Easter eggs at our Easter Secret Sunrise and our fabulous Secret Sunrise family came through! We were able to donate to two baby homes as well as to LIV village. We also donated pre-owned running shoes from my Shoeperstars campaign and the kiddies were so excited! LIV village creates a safe home for 181 children right now. They pair children with a mom in their own home and together with 3-5 other children, they become a new family. The facilities they have are amazing. There is a clinic with a doctor, a dentist, a psychologist and an occupational therapist. They eat really healthy nutritious food, so their illness rate is drastically reduced as well. They have a school that ranges from Grade R to Grade 11, with the Grade 11’s becoming the first Matric class next year. They have started giving jobs to those in the communities surrounding the village, and have taught these people amazing skills. There’s a factory where they sew products, a welding school, agriculture where they farm veggies and moringa, LIV labels, LIV flowers, LIV culinary school and they are part of LIV cleaning as well! Sadly, recently, other members of the surrounding communities rioted and protested outside LIV wanting jobs. They caused enormous damage which is going to set back the village in their efforts to create more jobs for the community. It costs roughly R2 million a month to run this amazing facility, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably thought twice about donating because you have the misconception that they’re so well supported because they’re always on social media with sports stars etc. Only after I visited and spoke to Caitlyn about it did she bring it up that a lot of people think that, but their costs are so high.

 

They’re currently launching a £1 campaign where they’re asking people to donate £1 a month. That’s R20, the cost of a cappuccino. Doable right? I’m committing to donate R20 a month this year and I’m challenging you as well! If we can get 1 million people around the world to donate £1 a month, that would be their target and they can take in even more vulnerable children!

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My whole feeling from being at LIV is that it is such a happy place! The kids are growing up in an incredible environment and to see how many kids are being helped is just heart warming.

If you’d like to shop online and buy their products check out their website here. I have had the coffee and it is really good! They also have amazing woven rugs in their store at LIV so pop in and support them sometime and grab a coffee at their coffee shop too!

 

If you would like to use zapper to donate anything from R20 towards helping them rebuild or support the kids then scan this code. You can also use zapper to donate monthly if you like!

If you’re more old school and prefer eft or online payments then you can donate here.

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If you would like to donate anything to LIV for the rebuilding please feel free to use this Zapper code.

 

Have you been to LIV Village before?

I hope you’ll join me when we do our special Mandela Day Secret Sunrise event. We have launched the event on Facebook and you can find all the details here

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Monday Motivation – Spread some Sparkle

In a world where people are attacking each other on social media on a daily basis, I feel like more sparkle is needed.

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When did it become ok to bash your friends for having their own opinion? When a friend posts a genuine question on their own Facebook, when did it become ok to attack them, belittle them and to attack their character? I see it every day and I don’t understand it. We were always taught that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I feel like everyone has forgotten this and instead social media has made them feel powerful because they don’t have to say things face to face but they can hide behind their keyboard. Sure, you are also entitled to your opinion and to reply as such, but do it in a respectful manner where you are having a discussion about the topic, not ripping his character to shreds for asking a question and having his own opinion.

I feel like it happens more and more every day, and instead of scrolling on by, people now have to get defensive about everything. I often just scroll past if a friend has said something I don’t agree with, and I am much better for it. Sure, if they’re asking a question I might give my feedback if I really want to, but in a respectful way. I would never attack their character for posing a question. If it really is something sensitive then I’ll send them a private message and take it off Facebook. If it really offends you, then why not contact them directly instead of having a public debate? Or is it an ego thing where you need to be seen. You need to be seen dominating. You need to have an opinion. Sometimes you need to look inside yourself and see where the rage is coming from. I’m pretty sure you’ll find it isn’t your friend or what he said.

To lose friends and be unfriended on Facebook over your own opinion is pathetic. Are you really a friend then? I’ll always remember his great cull of 2017. Made so easy for him by people removing themselves. It’s always better when they do it themselves right?

My point is this, spread more sparkle, spread more love, spread more joy. Stop perpetuating the hate by being part of it. Take a breath and scroll on by. You’ll feel better and your blood pressure will thank you. Stop taking things so personally.

 

Spread those sparkles everywhere! You know what glitter is like, that shit sticks like glue for YEARS! So throw buckets of it everywhere so happiness spreads and sticks for years ✨

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How daring are you? Its time for the Daredevil Run!

Be prepared to spot a Speedo-clad Daredevil or a few hundred as they take over Durban roads on Friday afternoon, are you ready?

 

Things are going to get heated in Durban on Friday as the city’s most daring men prepare to run cancer outta town at the Hollard Daredevil Run. The Run aims to raise awareness of male cancers and the importance of early detection by encouraging men of all ages, shapes and sizes to run (or walk) along a five-kilometre route in support of the cause.
The Daredevils of Durban will set off from Your Communications College Rovers Rugby Club in Kings Park Stadium, running through peak-hour traffic, past lush greenery and along the stunning Snell Parade Beach promenade on a five kilometre route as they make their way towards the finish line.
“We are thrilled to be able to spread the Daredevil spirit throughout the country to encourage support for this important cause,” says Warwick Bloom, Marketing Communications Manager at Hollard. “The Hollard Daredevil Run has seen such tremendous support and turn-out in the past, and we challenge every man of any age and shape, to join the fight against cancer – and have a little fun in the process!”

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Cancer stats to scare the pants off you

While the Run has had a remarkably positive impact on cancer awareness around the country, statistics indicate an alarming increase in male cancer incidences in South Africa. According to research from the National Cancer Registry, there has been a 32% rise in prostate cancer cases in the past year alone, with one in 19 men at risk of developing prostate cancer in their lifetime. 

Even though figures for testicular cancer have declined, the number of men diagnosed with the disease is still alarmingly high. However, testicular cancer and other cancers can be treated if they are detected early enough.

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Registered Daredevils over the age of 40 will also be able to have a free Prostate Specific Antigen test done on the day of the event, having to endure just a tiny prick to the finger to check for any signs of prostrate cancer. All proceeds from the Run will go to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to fund cancer awareness programmes as well as its MANVan initiative – a mobile health clinic which travels across the country providing free cancer testing to underprivileged communities.

Elize Joubert, CANSA CEO says, “Following the success of the 2016 Hollard Daredevil Run, we were able reach and screen an impressive 8,112 men throughout the country. We encourage all men to take part in the Hollard Daredevil Run to not only help raise awareness of male cancers, but also to help save lives.”

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Men of all ages, shape and Speedo-size can enter by visiting https://daredevilrun.nutickets.co.za/ to register. They can also nominate a friend, relative or colleague to join them in running cancer clean outta town.

Runners are welcome to bring their loved ones and fans to cheer them on from the side-lines on the day, as the run is restricted to Speedo-clad men and boys. Donations in support of the cause can be made here.

 

Have you registered yet? It’s THIS Friday at 3pm so get online and register!

 

Hey guys, here’s a video you should watch!

Visit the Event Facebook page for more info!

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Forever Fierce with Puma

I recently did a shoot with Mister Smith while I was in Dubai, and the theme was FOREVER FIERCE with Puma.

I was lucky enough to be dressed by PUMA in their incredible new Swan Pack range.

I love the whole message that PUMA is portraying of #DoYou.

It is so important to be you and follow through with whatever that means to you. I think these days we often find ourselves worrying what other people think of us, instead of following our hearts and what makes us happy.

Stop worrying about the person next to you on the treadmill, focus on your own workout.
Stop worrying about how you measure up to them physically.
Stop worrying about how much more money your friend has.
Stop worrying about the Instagram model you follow.

Worry about you.

Do You.

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If I was worried about what people thought, I wouldn’t have done a shoot. I wouldn’t have dyed my hair purple. I wouldn’t do a lot of things. But, we need to stay true to ourselves in everything that we do. We need to remember that hashtag and take it with us every day!

To follow Mister Smith and his incredible work you should follow him on Instagram and stalk him on Facebook.

Check out his new website as well and be sure to contact him for any work you need done!

 

The PUMA Swan Pack is available in store now! You need to be quick as it is selling out as fast as you can imagine. To find your closest store visit their website.

Follow PUMA on Instagram and visit their Facebook page as well.

 

What do you think of my FIERCE look?

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Love Local – So Whipped

We Love Local, and we support local so we thought we would share some of our favourite local Durban people and products!

 

Today we are sharing a local gem, So Whipped. We chatted to owner Candice Courtney about her delicious business.

 

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban
Durban born and bred babeeee!!! I love my city, love the people! Grew up in Durban North but Durban is so ‘small’ or people are very friendly so you get to know a lot of people from all over Durban. Its the best place in the world!

 

When did you start your business/craft/brand?
I started So whipped in 2009 in my home baking for friends, it soon grew and we were asked to open at Gateway.

 

Tell us about your business/craft/brand
We are a local, small business, artisan bakery & cafe. We specialize in baked goods, desserts, fantastic coffee, wedding cakes & The home of the WOAHNUT! We try our best to be responsible with regards to the environment & be socially responsible as well. Our Cafe design is 95% made up of recycled, reclaimed, reused, or green. The only things we couldn’t reclaim was our signage and our water tap.

We do our best to train up previously disadvantaged staff by growing them through the business. i.e. we will hire an unskilled person who has a std 7 pass, they first become cleaners, then they work their was through the ranks and are trained to bake, make coffee, do stocktake etc etc.

 

What is your favourite thing about your business/craft/brand?
I LOVE people!!! Also being able to be creative with flavors and design.

 

What would you like people to know about your business/craft/brand?
We make flipping awesome coffee & cake.

 

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
The beach, the people, my family & the culture.

 

How can people support you? 
They can share this post, follow us on social media and come visit us at our Gateway Store.

 

Where can they stalk you on social media?
They can have a stalk here:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
www.SoWhipped.co.za

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 Have you been to So Whipped yet? What is your favourite item? (Their cronut is AMAZING)
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