Let’s go paint a kite

Brothers Ilyas Gatab and Hisham, Kayden Harris, Liam Jacobs, Qudisyyha Rhodes and Casey Jacobs.

Entry fees for Mitchell’s Plain patrons attending a kite- decorating workshop at Liberty Promenade shopping centre will go towards raising awareness about children’s mental health and the impact the Covid-19pandemic has had on their well-being.

Children of all ages are invited to decorate their own kites using paints and various other craft materials provided.

The workshops take place from noon to 4pm, with 30-minute sessions daily until Sunday July 10.

The cost is R10 a child and proceeds will be donated to non-profit organisation Cape Mental Health.

To participate register your child at the ticket booth in the centre’s food district. S slots are limited.

Participants also stand in line to win one of 10 R250 gift cards by posting a photo of their decorated kite and tagging the mall on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #KiteArtPromenade.

Cape Mental Health deputy executive officer Carol Bosch said it was important for parents to ensure that children felt supported as they grew up.

“There are many ways in which we can support our children to ensure that they develop good mental health,” she said.

The organisation suggests the following tips: talk openly about feelings in a way that children can understand; follow a routine; teach children healthy ways to cope with stress; make time for play, get them moving, and have fun; watch out for signs of mental distress; and talk to a professional if you are struggling with parenting.

Brenda Bibby, the shopping centre’s general manager said: “The importance of mental health has become even more visible through the pandemic as children now have an additional layer of challenges to deal with”.

Parents or caregivers who need support or coping skills, can contact their child’s school for a referral to the school-based support team.

For more information on mental health awareness, contact Cape Mental Health on 021 447 9040 or via email info@cmh.org.za

Rieyana Galant and Fakeer Muller show off their kite masterpieces.

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