Feast of the Clowns 2016 celebration #EarthKeepersMustRise

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20160820_113822_Jeff Masemola Street Lydia Mogano with a group of young #EarthKeepers

This last Saturday 20th August 2016, SAFCEI participated in the annual Feast of the Clowns festival organised by the Tshwane Leadership Foundation (TLF) at Burgers Park, Central Pretoria.

The theme for 2016 is #WeMustRise, inspired by the #MustFall campaigns which emphasized the power of ordinary people, both young and old, on the ground to make change. The TLF community is rising in response to homelessness, refugees, children’s rights, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and greener cities.

After the Feast of the Clowns march in town had ended, a burst of bright clown costume colours, music, singing, face painting, poetry, laughter, dancing, games, good food, and most importantly fun learning commenced.

20160820_112038_Jeff Masemola Street Feast of Clowns celebration

It was a perfect Spring day outdoors and most exciting, I had the opportunity to meet a young change-maker by the name Reabetswe Mmekwa from Soshanguve who was recently crowned Pre-Miss Teen Continent via Soshanguve fm. She is the main founder of Ditsala Children Shield and Projects, a local initiative which inspires children to make a difference in their communities.

20160820_115127 Lydia Mogano and Reabetswe Mmekwa

This year, one of her main objectives is to inspire her peers to learn more about the significance of sustaining a healthy living environment in their own communities. Mr Goerge Senosha (SoshaFM) said: “This is definitely not a coincidence at all that we’ve met with SAFCEI! We thank God because there is such a wonderful support that SAFCEI can offer our little princess as she walks through this Earth Keeping journey, especially from a very young age.”

Reabetswe was excited to meet me and becoming an Earth Keeper is a natural crown she will hopefully carry forever. SAFCEI will be partaking in a few tree planting events within Pretoria during Arbour Week (1st – 7th September 2016) I look forward to spreading our Earth Keepers wings in many townships and suburbs in Pretoria east and west! Give me a shout if you are interested in joining us :)

Lydia Mogano (lydia@safcei.org.za)