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The Great Pillow Fight Concludes on a Positive Note| From Jimmy Nevis’ performance to exhilarating pillow fights, visitors left with spirits high in anticipation of next year’s event. 


The Great Pillow Fight, which took place this weekend on 12 November, concluded on a positive note for all. A charity event raising funds for five local NPOs, it saw around 500 - including near one hundred volunteers - take part in the first mass pillow fight in the region. Although strong winds were a set-back for the organisers, young and old came out to support, donate and share in an unusual day of excitement at the College of Cape Town Crawford Campus’ Sports Complex. 

In addition to delicious food vendors, face painting, henna tattoos and jumping castles for the little ones, The Great Pillow Fight also had a photo booth, ‘Minute to Win It’ games and fantastic giveaways including cable car rides up Table Mountain, a Cape Canopy Tour for four, Mangwanani African Spa vouchers and a Mercer tablet courtesy of MiET Africa. Vadhini Indian Dance Academy showcased their young, talented dancers, while DJ Casper, Pop Idol star Mujahid George and Dubai-based Adam & Lee offered up some stellar performances. Jimmy Nevis wowed the crowd with his hits including 7764, saying he never lets an opportunity pass to perform on home ground. The pillow fight itself was divided into age-appropriate games, where children and over-18s got to share in the fun under the watchful eye of pillow marshals. 

“Although the turnout was less than expected – we were initially hoping for at least 1 000 visitors – we received such positive feedback from pillow fighters, volunteers and spectators that we will definitely be planning a second event next year,” says Errol Muller, who heads up Deeds of Love (NPO) and who initially came up with the innovative idea. “We are immensely grateful to all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and prize-givers, because without them, The Great Pillow Fight would simply not have been possible.” 

The Great Pillow Fight would like to thank our partners SALA Foundations, 9 Miles Project, MiET Africa and Hungry Minds Theatre for their continued support throughout the planning of the event. We would also like to extend a special thanks to Jimmy Nevis and the Blue Collar Foundation, as well as our incredible sponsors and donors. This includes our sponsors Malutsa, Mshengu and Community Fax & Copy Services; and our many donors and prize-givers: Allbro, McDonald's, Ocean Basket, Mangwanani African Spa, Protea Hotels, Citysightseeing Red Bus, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Cape Canopy Tours, Bargain Books and Richard's Supper Stage & Bistro. 

A huge thanks goes out to the College of Cape Town for allowing us to use their Crawford Campus Sports Complex. Thank you also to our vendors Gangstar's Soft Machine, Najwa’s Take Aways, Chip n Dip, Lucille’s Durban Curry, Sweets n Things, Organic Culture and Shine Events. We would also like extend our appreciation to our private donors Peggy Daries, Pat Fowler, and Vanessa Van Der Berg, as well as the performers DJ Casper, Adam & Lee, Vadhini Indian Dance Academy, SAEP's Marimba Band, and Mujahid George. We are eternally grateful to sound and stage providers Carl Frost, Carson Daniels, Michael Isaacs, Jeremy Syster, and The Rock Church for their involvement and support. You truly made The Great Pillow Fight the success that it was.

The second Great Pillow Fight will take place next year on 25 November 2017. To find out when ticket sales go live, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For more information about The Great Pillow Fight and the charities we support, visit www.thepillowfight.org. 

We are still accepting pillow donations and financial gifts towards the ongoing projects at the NPOs we support: Deeds of Love, Compassion in Action, uThando LeNkosi, The Mary-Beth Centre and Gift of Hope. For more info on how you can get involved, contact us on info@thepillowfight.org. Official images of the event for print or web use can be downloaded here.


Jimmy Nevis to Headline The Great Pillow Fight | Popstar Jimmy Nevis to perform hit single '7764' at The Great Pillow Fight this November

We are proud to announce that local hitmaker Jimmy Nevis will be headlining The Great Pillow Fight on 12 November 2016. Taking place from 10am to 3pm on the College of Cape Town Crawford Campus' Sports Complex, The Great Pillow Fight is – as the name suggests – an incredible, mass pillow fight. The friendly fight will be followed by a performance by Jimmy Nevis, the singer behind Heartboxing, Misscato, Elephant Shoes and his most recent success, 7764, in which he pays homage to his home suburb of Athlone. 

Because the ultimate aim behind The Great Pillow Fight is to raise funds for local charities, the event will be supporting the Blue Collar Foundation, Jimmy Nevis’ philanthropic initiative. Ten percent of ticket proceeds will go towards the organisation, which creates opportunities in education such as the J.Nevis Bursary, which is awarded annually to students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. 

“Blue Collar was the first song I recorded for The Masses album. The lyrics were inspired by a quote that my mom would always say to me through the hardest of times: ‘I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but we have to believe.’ This is the mantra of the Blue Collar song and also what the Blue Collar Foundation hopes to instill within the Cape Town community,” he says. 

Other exciting things to look forward to at the event are DJ Casper, the Vadhini Indian Arts Academy, a host of carnival games, more live entertainment, giveaways, delicious food options including Chip n Dip, Coffee Colony and Sweets n Things, and some competitive pillow fights throughout the day.

"Everyone we speak to is so excited about the event," says organiser Sam Daries. "It's going to be a fantastic day. What could be better than having fun while contributing to a good cause? And Jimmy...well, he's the icing, baby!"

The Great Pillow Fight aims to raise R250 000 for five Western Cape children’s NGOs. These are Uthando LeNkosi, a children’s home and safe house, the Mary-Beth Centre, a safe house for adult and child survivors of domestic violence, Gift of Hope, a place of safety for abused mothers and children as well as orphan care, Deeds of Love, equipping communities with practical projects to provide care for children at risk, and Compassion in Action which will be using their gift for a new paediatric palliative care unit – a first for the Western Cape – providing home-based care to ill children under the age of five.

The Great Pillow Fight has volunteer opportunities available for those youth and young adults who would like to lend a helping hand and take part in the action behind the scenes. Volunteers will assist in the areas of medical assistance, crowd control, administration, general security, carnival crew and green room maintenance. All we need from you is some enthusiasm and some free time. Volunteers will receive a special Volunteer Certificate with community service hours to use as part of your CV or for your tertiary institution. We will also reward you by sending you on a special ‘Ready to Work’ programme that will develop your work, money, people and entrepreneurship skills. 

Special thanks go out to our fantastic prize sponsors: Mangwanani African Spa, Protea Hotels, City Sightseeing, Table Mountain Cableway, Cape Canopy Tour, Bargain Books, McDonald’s and Ocean Basket. The event is hosted and organised by SALA Foundations and kindly supported by 9Miles Project, MiET Africa, Allbro, CFC Services, Malutsa and Mshengu.


Join the #PillowBrigade | The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away" - William Shakespeare 

The excitement is mounting as November 12th approaches. We can’t wait for The Great Pillow Fight to begin…carnival games, live entertainment, DJ Alex, prizes, give-aways, delicious food, pillow fights and superstar performer Jimmy Nevis!

So much fun while doing so much good! The Great Pillow Fight’s aim is to raise R250 000 for 5 Western Cape Children’s NGOs. These are Uthando LeNkosi (a children’s home and safe house), Mary-Beth Centre (a safe house for adult and child survivors of domestic violence), Gift of Hope (a place of safety for abused mothers and children and orphan care), DOLM - Deeds of Love (equipping communities with practical projects to provide care for children at risk) and  Compassion in Action (particularly their new pediatric palliative care unit, the first for the Western Cape, providing home-based care to ill children under the age of 5).

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

If you're looking for a great way to give back to the community, your search is over. We need volunteers who will help with medical assistance, crowd control, administration, general security, carnival crew and green room maintenance.

Volunteer Requirements: Some energy, enthusiasm and some free time

Volunteer Benefits: A Volunteer Certificate with Community Service hours to use with your CV or for your tertiary institution. We’ll also reward you and send you on a special “Ready to Work” programme that will develop your work, money, people and entrepreneurship skills.

To volunteer your services to The Great Pillow Fight, sign up with our organising team by simply sending an email with your full name, telephone and email to:

Sam Daries 
Email: volunteer@thepillowfight.org or  samdarie@iafrica.com
Telephone: +27 (0)21 705 4586


How do you eat an elephant? | Call for donations for pillows 

Dear Friend, 

As you know SALA Foundations has volunteered it’s time and resources to host this event for The Great Pillow Fight fundraiser… 5 children’s NGO’s will be the beneficiaries of the day.

WE NEED HELP URGENTLY!!!
 
We need pillows for the event, and R250.00 gets us 10 pillows. Please will you consider buying us some pillows?Donations can be made directly into our account: 

FNB Account Name: Compassion in Action Mission no 2
Account number: 62593992285
Branch code: 203209
Reference: Eat an Elephant
 
We thank you in advance for your generosity and for making a difference in the lives of many.
Hope to see you at the festival.
 
Regards,
Sam Daries (Event Organiser)


Introducing The Great Pillow Fight | Book your tickets for the most fun-filled day of the year!

The Great Pillow Fight is a mass, organised pillow fight taking place on 12 November 2016 at the College of Cape Town’s Crawford Campus Sports Field. A day packed with fun for the entire family, The Great Pillow Fight aims to bring over 4000 people together to take part in the excitement – and hopefully break the pillow fighting world record!

The event will see carnival activities and children’s group games, competitions and giveaways, live entertainment and gourmet food offerings – plus special guest Jimmy Nevis will perform 7764 on his home turf. The event is hosted and organised by SALA Foundations.

But beyond the plethora of amusement, The Great Pillow Fight has a much nobler cause: raising R250 000 for five worthy non-profit organisations in the Cape Town Surrounds. One of the NPOs – Deeds of Love Ministries – has a number of social upliftment initiatives on the go across the country. The other charities are uThando LeNkosi and Gift of Hope, both safe houses for children who need a home away from abusive and dangerous situations, Compassion in Action, an NPO offering home-based health care to the elderly who cannot afford private nursing, and the Mary-Beth Centre, a safe haven situated in Paarl that helps ill-treated women and children out of problematic family situations. The Great Pillow Fight will also be donating 10% of the ticket proceeds to the Blue Collar Foundation that was set up by Jimmy Nevis to assist with educational bursaries for youth in disadvantaged communities.

The Great Pillow Fight has a vision to create change in the lives of youth around Cape Town, not only through the charities we support, but also in the people who attend the event. We want to inspire the next generation and raise awareness of the social plights in their communities. We want to show them that giving of their time and finances can help make a tangible difference – and the process can be pretty fun, too, especially if a pillow fight is involved. 

In the month of October leading up to the campaign, The Great Pillow Fight has launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise final funds for the event. We are in need of sponsors, vendors, volunteers and most importantly donations for pillows and t-shirts for the event. If you tick any of these boxes and would like to get involved in the event, please visit www.thepillowfight.org for details. To give a gift through our crowdfunding platform, please visit www.fundfind.co.za.