Posted on May 28, 2012 / Comments Off / Show post tags
The majestic beauty of the Mother City in full moon and a good cause meet on June 4 in the form of a 10km Full-Moon Bike Ride in aid of the Rock Girl Safe Spaces Initiative.
Rock Girl is a grassroots public art and education campaign to raise awareness for the need of “safe spaces” from violence — particularly for women and young girls — in the form of benches in and around the city.
The Safe Spaces campaign was inspired by a group of Grade 7 learners from Manenberg. With the support of local artists, parents and donations, the learners painted murals, installed their own Safe Space bench and built an art room, kick-starting a transformation of their entire school.
“We hope to inspire and motivate citizens from all walks of life to find ways to ensure that women and girls — and thus everyone — is safe from violence,” explained founder Michelle India Baird. “We will be partnering with artists and designers to create one-of-a-kind public benches that will serve as symbolic safe spaces.”
The Full-Moon Bike Ride, sponsored and hosted by The Grand Daddy Hotel, is open to the public and accommodates cyclists of all ages and capabilities. The cost to enter is R50, which includes BOS iced tea, snacks at The Grand Daddy Hotel and entertainment by the Nomadic Orchestra after the race. Registration starts at 17h30 at the hotel and the ride starts 18h30.
A live auction will follow at 19h30 with items such as a two-night stay at Grand Daddy Hotel and Old Mac Daddy and artwork from Paul du Toit up for grabs.
Since the unveiling of the first safe space bench last year at the Freeworld Design Centre, an additional 30 safe benches have been set up in and around Cape Town.
“Each bench will have a sister bench located in a previously disadvantaged community that is providing an actual safe space. The benches are functional, educational, beautiful and inspirational,” said India Baird.
The bench showcased at the Design Indaba is now permanently located at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and its sister bench is in Khayelitsha. © The Big Issue South Africa