Living Social Justice

A blog about responding to poverty and injustice, everyday and in all sorts of ways

Archive for the month “March, 2013”

Handle With Care

TWD activist Amy Gatland shares her challenge experience with us –  a manicure marathon with a heart of gold!

The TWD Handle With Care team ready for manicure action

The TWD Handle With Care team ready for manicure action

On Thursday, 21 March 2013, twelve ladies set off to make some very special women feel loved and pampered as part of the That Was Different campaign. The idea, which was sparked by a popular office part time, came to life as we prepped our kits to give free manicures to elderly and vulnerable women in our area.

With the That Was Different campaign on our hearts, we were excited that our project was sure to have a double impact: to raise money for unemployment and education in our city but also to make the ladies whose nails we were painting feel beautiful and cared for. What we experienced was the humbling reality that when we give of our time and step out of our comfort zone to bless others we in turn are left feeling truly blessed. And so our project turned out to be, in fact, triple impact!

Pampering and storytelling in action at Huis Luckhoff

Pampering and storytelling in action at Huis Luckhoff

The day begun at Huis Luckhoff, a home for elderly people in Rosebank, where we arrived with our hands full of every goodie you could possibly need to give a manicure. Files, buffers, hand cream, you name it, we had it. Everything was generously donated by wonderful women in our community. The TV room was quickly transformed into a beauty parlour complete with lots of storytelling and smiles.

Later some of us moved to the sick bay to do the nails of ladies who could not get out of bed. One 94-year-old lady was so touched and said that her nails had not looked this beautiful since the war. Some of us then headed out to Sisters Incorporated, a place of safety for abused women and their children. It was so special to get to interact with these ladies and watch their faces light up at their painted nails. It’s amazing how something seemingly so simple can bring confidence and joy to a person. We had such fun painting their little girl’s nails as well.

Waiting for nails to dry while sharing stories

Huis Luckhoff ladies waiting for their nails to dry

Christine Martin summed up the day so well when she said, “With the elderly, we know that they have lived through a lot. Their stories and beautiful hands show us that they’ve lived long. But with women who have come from abusive relationships, they haven’t always lived long but they’ve lived through a lot. We all have stories to tell.”

Do you have a TWD story to tell? We’d love to hear it! Email 🙂

A Day in the Life of a Superhero

Your eyes are not deceiving you! On Human Rights Day, Cape Town was the tourist destination of choice for superheroes. TWD activist (and closet superhero) Stephanie Purser tells us about her TWD Big Day…

Superheroes unite for a good cause

Superheroes unite for a good cause!

Thursday the 21st March was no ordinary day for a few ordinary people. On that day, we were superheroes! Dressed in our super-best outfits we took to the streets of Sea Point and began an ordinary round of putt-putt. Fellow players began to ask questions giving us the perfect opportunity to share the idea behind the TWD campaign. The day was a scorcher and the vibe was great! In the end it was Batman who won the challenge.

From putt-putt we took a stroll to the “Hop On Hop Off Buses” pick-up point. And I say ‘stroll’ as the idea of the day was to do something different… and we all know that superheroes don’t usually walk. So we were being very different indeed.

Superheroes take their job of saving the world very seriously

Superheroes take their job of saving the world seriously

We had flyers printed for the day (granted, there was a spelling error and the point of the campaign was to raise funds for education – facepalm), but it was another great way that we could give the campaign some exposure.

We got off at the first stop at the V&A Waterfront for some lunch at Ferryman’s. But first Philip and Rachel decided now was a good time to buy some beloved Nespresso for their morning coffee (even heroes needs a cuppa Joe in the morning). We took advantage of the moment to take some silly photos.


The buses went through town, up to the cable car station then down to Camps Bay (where we stopped for some Sinful ice-cream) and back. It was an awesome way to learn more about our beautiful city while spreading the news of TWD and just hanging as friends.

Overall the day was a success… 2 hours longer than anticipated with funky sunburn lines, but it was definitely a WIN!! Looking forward to more crazy ideas next year!

Thanks to City Sightseeing South Africa for sponsoring bus tickets!

Thanks to City Sightseeing South Africa for sponsoring bus tickets for these TWD heroes!

Thank you to City Sight Seeing Cape Town and Michael Currin Photography for the support.

Do you have a TWD story? Send it to us at!

TWD Raises Over R200 000!

The TWD Flash Mob caused a stir at Greenmarket Square

The TWD Flash Mob caused a stir at Greenmarket Square

On Human Rights Day, 21 March 2013, over 460 people across Cape Town all did something different to make a difference through the campaign TWD, or ‘That Was Different’. Some hiked up three peaks in one day, others dressed as superheroes and went sightseeing, while others ran, jumped, kayaked, cycled and danced. The activities, or challenges, couldn’t have been more different but the heart behind them all was the same – to help improve the situation of education and employment in South Africa.

We’ve received R228 000 through TWD and the donations are still coming in! Throughout this week we will be posting stories to this blog, but in the meantime check out the TWD Facebook page here for an album of photos from the day.

Well done to everyone who took part! And thank you for contributing to making a difference in our city 🙂

Check back in tomorrow for our first activist story.

The TWD walk from Wynberg to Fish Hoek was just one of many challenges taking place on the day...

The TWD walk from Wynberg to Fish Hoek was just one of many challenges taking place on the day…

Your TWD Survival Kit

Photograph by John Sherry, coordinator of the TWD challenge, Beach Writing, which took place on Sunday

Photograph by TWD activist John Sherry, coordinator of “Beach Writing”, which took place on Sunday as an early TWD challenge. Learn more about their day here!

Cape Town doesn’t know what’s going to hit it in less than 48 hours… No, it’s not an asteroid. It’s TWD. The campaign with a heart for making a difference by doing something different. Are you ready?

We’ve put together your TWD survival guide:

1. Doc Martens, a plaid shirt, or some equally 90’s item of clothing to wear to the TWD launch party happening on Wednesday, 20 March at 7pm at the River Club in Observatory. Tickets are R50 and 100% goes to TWD.

2. Your camera or phone to snap photos of any crazy activists you might spot out and about. (Share them with us on our Facebook page!)

3. Running shoes, a paddle, pyjamas, high heels, a helmet, a superhero cape, nail polish, a first aid kit  – or anything else you might need to complete a challenge.

4. Sunscreen and water to keep hydrated. It’s gonna be a scorcher.

5. Your thumb pointed upwards. Not to the side as you might get picked up as a hitchhiker then.

Thank you so much to everyone who is taking part on Thursday! We hope this survival guide sees you successfully through to the end of the TWD Big Day.

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How Should Our Response Be Different?

Photo Credit: kugel.mozart via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: kugel.mozart via Compfight cc

In this insightful article, Deborah Hancox looks at some key principles we as Christ-followers should all be applying when we respond to the needs of those around us.

Across the world, people from all religions, world views, cultures, economic conditions and political persuasions are living and working to end poverty and injustice. As Christians, we can join hands with these people and see in our common human concern that we are all created in the image of God and thus can work side by side to eradicate poverty and injustice in all its forms. However, as Christ-followers, there are certain distinctions that we should seek to include in the way we respond:

As Christ-followers, we should engage poverty and injustice with the power of Jesus.

Christians the world over have access to something beautiful and life changing – the power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit to heal physical, spiritual, economic and relational brokenness. Remember the words of Peter and John when they said to the lame beggar at the Beautiful Gate: “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” You can read the full story of this miraculous healing in Acts 3, 1-11. In our work to end poverty and injustice, we must create the place for the power of Jesus to change people’s lives.

As Christ-followers, we should engage poverty and injustice by facilitating reconciliation.

The devil is the lord of diabolos – apart-ness, separation, disorder. Our God is the God of shalom. Shalom is an interesting word to meditate on and refers to dwelling at peace with God, with self, with others and with nature. It is the “life to the full” that Jesus speaks of in John 10:10. Our God reconciles all things to himself and to each other through Jesus Christ: “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him [Jesus Christ], and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:19&20). As Christians, we are called to be ambassadors of God’s reconciliation: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18 – but do read verses 11 – 21). Our work to end poverty and injustice needs as its outcome… people reconciled to one another, to God and to the world.

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