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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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TWD: 16 Days And Counting…

Fifteen projects, 61 activists, and over R45 000 donated. And that’s with 16 days still to go!

The countdown has begun...

The countdown has begun…

TWD is in full swing and we are loving all the creative and crazy ideas that are coming in. Feel like you’re missing out? It’s not too late to get in on the action… If you have an individual challenge idea, click here, or if you would like to join a TWD challenge, click here. Or if you’d like to support by donating some moola, click here.

And, because it’s Monday, we thought you’d appreciate this photo of TWD activists Kyle Peters and Howard James Fyvie prepping for their challenge, “The Boy Band Gig”, by dying their hair blonde this weekend. We salute your dedication, guys. (Visit their Facebook page for more info on how to support them)


Visit for more info on TWD. Or you can call the TWD helpline on 079 807 4383.

Do Something Different, Make a Difference

Photo Credit: Eneas via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Eneas via Compfight cc

Do you want to do something to make a difference this Human Rights Day? Then get involved in TWD, a campaign to raise funds for our education and employment initiatives in the city of Cape Town.

For some, the idea of flying solo as an individual activist may be a little bit too daunting, which is why the TWD team has made it really easy for everyone to get involved! If you’ve already tried all the conventional methods of trying to think up an idea (like eating cheese before going to bed or reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica) but that gem is still eluding you – why not join a TWD team challenge?

There are a number of TWD activists who have planned group activities that you can join. Ever wanted to see firsthand the look on people’s faces when they realize that they’re right in the middle of a flashmob? Join the ‘Dance Break Flashmob’. Ever thought you could win an amazing race? Join ‘The Amazing Race with a Difference’. Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to dress up as your favourite superhero but just never had the excuse? Well now you do with ‘A Day in the Life of a Closet Superhero’! With an ever-growing list of challenges to choose from you’re bound to find something right up your alley! For a full list of all the available TWD Team Challenges click here.

Joining a TWD team challenge is easy. Just visit the SUPPORT A CHALLENGE page on the TWD website and follow the instructions. Then, on 21 March 2013, conquer your TWD team challenge with your fellow activists! When it’s this easy, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be doing something different to make a difference, right?

For more information on TWD and other ways to get involved visit

Time for a Quick Attitude Check

The That Was Different (TWD) campaign is a fun and exciting way of raising funds for Common Good’s employment and education initiatives, but how do we do it the right way and with the right heart? Terran Williams gives a biblical perspective on the campaign.

TWD helpers Adele and Keegan get carried away for the right reasons!

TWD helpers Adele and Keegan get carried away for the right reasons!

One of the concerns about TWD is that it feels like you’re showing off. If you read Matthew 6, Jesus is very cautious about us giving with our left hand not knowing what our right hand is doing. Jesus says that we shouldn’t do our acts of righteousness to be seen by people.

Some people are concerned that this means you shouldn’t do anything “show-offy”, but there is another way of thinking about it. Matthew 5:16, just the chapter before, says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” The reality is that if we are doing this challenge with the attitude of “Look at me I’m so amazing” than Jesus does have something to say to us. We forfeit our heavenly reward and it doesn’t please God in heaven, although it’s not technically wrong in itself.

But if we do it with a Matthew 5:16 attitude and we say, “I love God and God loves the marginalised people of our city and because of that I want to do this and shine some of his goodness into this world”, then we’re absolutely doing it with the right heart!

There is also another motive to do it which is that it’s just a load of fun! And besides, there are so many of us doing it all on the same day, that even if you were doing it for yourself people wouldn’t really be noticing that you’re extra amazing! So let’s do it for God with Matthew 5:16 as our motive.

– Terran is a part of the leadership team at Common Ground Church.

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