You might have read on our Missions page that towards the end of 2104 we undertook a huge mission of making and sending 450 capes to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. This blog is to give thanks to all those who got involved and donated time, airmiles, accommodation and help to make the mission possible.
Now normally I am not able to be there when the little heroes receive their capes. Logistically it is not possible as these missions are for charities all over the world. However, this mission proved to be very different.
A very dear friend of mine – in fact, the same friend who I worked with when we did the HUGE collection that was sent to the Philippines after Haiyan hit in November 2013 – offered to donate their excess Emirates Airlines airmiles to allow me to fly with the capes and deliver them personally to the children in hospital. I am sure you agree that is an amazing gift, one I am so thankful for.
So Capes for Cape Town Mission began. As we were flying with Emirates Airlines I got chatting with Moe from FleishmanHillard who are the PR agency for Emirates Airlines and they were able to secure me the excess baggage I needed to send 450 capes to Cape Town. Very grateful and thankful to them.
Then, I needed a place to stay. Now Cape Town is a vibrant, amazing, multi-cultural city that millions flock to every year. Especially at December time, which was when I was flying. But then I received an email from Melanie, from the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice hotel. They were offering me a place to stay when I was in Cape Town. And what a place it is. Situated 5 minutes from V&A Waterfront and with spectacular view of Table Mountain I knew I was going to be so comfortable. The room was gorgeous and so comfortable and I woke up every morning to the stunning view of Table Mountain. They staff are so helpful and friendly and the breakfast in the morning, such a great variety and so tasty. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Cape Town, I highly recommend staying at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice.
I am also thankful to the ladies of Charlys bakery who were so supportive during the ‘sewing period’ with their tweets and messages. It was watching the amazing work they do for charities around Cape Town then spurred me on to contact me and get the ball rolling with this mission. They also made a VERY tasty cake, which I took to the hospital as a treat and thank you for all the staff, and volunteers who work with the children. I was so honoured to have met you ladies, thank you.
Now I was blessed to have had support during this mission. Firstly to my husband and children, who were so patient when I was always sewing and cutting away and tolerant to capes and fabric on every surface possible around the house, to a local friend who then gave me the run of her brilliant basement which became I Am Supercapes HQ for a few months. But mostly I would like to give thanks to someone who has become and amazing friend, Rebecca, who gave up countless hours to cut, sew and source fabric for me. Without all this help I would not have reached our target of 450 capes. THANK YOU x