Remember remember to grow your Mo this Movember

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Movember, the annual moustache growing charity initiative which enjoys over 1.2 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world who participate by registering on www.movember.com and grow moustaches to generate awareness by getting men to talk about their health issues for the month of Movember, has an important and often forgotten part of the cancer journey as part of their strategic pillars for funding – survivorship. Movember – a global campaign in 21 countries with its vision to “Change The Face of Men’s Health” – last year saw more than 30 000 South Africans sign up and together raise more than R6.4million for local men’s health programmes. Globally, the campaign raised more than R1 billion last year. In South                  

Home of Hope… Nurturing our future

Child Protection Organization Cape Town

Charity is very close to our hearts here at WhatsUp, we love giving credit where it is due and couldn’t be more humbled by folks that give everything of themselves and ask for nothing in return to assist those in need. Home of Hope in Cape Town is one of these amazing and inspirational establishments. Home of Hope is a registered Child Protection Organization which provides services for the safety, well-being and care of all children in need of it, with a holistic approach through protection, education and support with the aim of breaking the cycle of child abuse. Our children are our future and without organizations like Home of Hope the future of many of our children, from their perspective would seem dull. A misconception                  

Make some noise for Thembalitsha

Hope Festival

The Elgin Valley will be rocking the apple orchids on Saturday the 1st of December 2012 (World Aids Day) for the Hope Music Festival in aid of the Thembalitsha Foundation. Thembalitsha is the Xhosa word for New Hope, the foundation aims at restoring hope to South Africans in need - developing them to a point of self-reliance through the provision of healthcare, education and training. Organisers behind Hope and Thembalitsha have partnered with up-and-coming British band, Being Buffalo to deliver a charity single for this year’s World AIDS Day. The song itself is not the typical charity single designed to pull on heart-strings but is deliberately up-beat and delivers the message that, despite the harsh challenges people face,                  

SA’s top talent join the fight against poverty and unemployment

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Sixty of South Africa’s top talent have joined the fight against poverty and unemployment this festive season by contributing work pro bono to The Big Issue’s 2012/2013 Collector’s Edition. All 60 contributors submitted work under the theme of “My Big Issue” to create the bumper 92-page edition, printed on high quality paper and featuring the legendary flugelhornist, singer and defiant political voice Hugh Masekela on the cover. The weighty edition boasts a large number of the “who’s who” in South African literary, cartooning, photography, illustration and poetry circles, including Nadine Gordimer, Max du Preez, Ben Trovato, Zapiro, David Bullard, Jodi Bieber, Antjie Krog, Terry Crawford-Browne, Eusebius McKaiser and Damon                  

Slip your Tekkies on for Tekkie Friday

Tekkie Friday 9 November 2012

Do you remember your very first pair of Tekkies? Most of us are privileged to have had many pairs in an assortment of colours and styles. Sadly there are many kids out there who aren’t as fortunate. Former Springbok Wing, Ashwin Willemse has experienced the joy of being bought his very own pair of brand spanking new tekkies and is inviting schools, corporates and other organisations to wear “tekkies” on the 9th of November to support the GreenSmile Foundation and the work that they do. “I can identify so closely with these kids,” says Ashwin Willemse. “I remember when I was chosen for the Boland athletics team for the first time as a 9 year old boy in 1991. It was a highlight for me, my family and our community. The school was                  

Meet the world’s new Madiba in The Big Issue

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As Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi signals for the first time that she will stand for president in the country’s 2015 elections, The Big Issue declares her “the world’s next Madiba” in a lead feature accompanied by a stunning graphic cover. “The comparisons between Aung San Suu Kyi and our own Nelson Mandela are undeniable,” says editor Melany Bendix. “Both were imprisoned for lengthy periods for their political beliefs, both sacrificed their family life for their country and both became worldwide symbols of their nation’s respective struggles for freedom from tyrannical rule.” The comparisons don’t end there, she adds. “As Madiba did with the National Party, Suu Kyi is advocating reconciliation and negotiation with                  

Happy 20th Birthday ImproGuise!

Rape Crisis soap-a-thon

In celebration of 20 successful years as South Africa’s longest running, award-winning and hilarious improvisation company, you  are invited to watch South Africa's first ever Soap-a-thon a live, improvised soap opera marathon in aid of Rape Crisis. Rape Crisis provides essential services to women through counseling and court support services. Their 24-hour helpline reaches 4 500 to 5 000 survivors each year. But Rape Crisis is facing a crisis of its own: a shortfall of R1.3 million this year, which is threatening to force the organisation to close. All the proceeds raised from the Improguise soap-a-thon will contribute to alleviating their deficit and help them to continue with the daily running of the organisation. Just for                  

Cleaning up our Beaches

Blouberg Beach Cleanup

The last 2Tons2Day Blouberg Beach Cleanup held on the 15th of September was a roaring success, all the magic clean-up fairies managed to collect a whopping 1.64 tons of trash! With the help of the City of Cape Town they managed to reach their target of over 2 Tons! This just goes to show that each small effort makes a massive difference. Unfortunately this is an ongoing process and we are urging you to take part in the next clean-up… The next Blouberg Beach cleanup is this Saturday the 6th of October. Organisers behind the initiative aim at making the mission a fun-filled family activity and have therefore planned a massive beach soccer match - Pro soccer players vs surfers vs lifesavers vs some local stars vs members of the                  

The BIG Issue: Francois Pienaar exclusive

Former Rugby Captain Francois Pienaar

Hot on the heels of its record sell-out SA Music edition, The Big Issue delivers another cracker magazine, with a heavy focus on the people in South Africa making change on all levels.  “During crazy times like these where South Africans seem to be inundated with social, political and economic problems, looking at what people from all walks of life are doing to effect change — big and small — is, for me, a strong elixir against the despair that we could all so easily succumb to,” says Melany Bendix, editor.  The inspirational stories begin with an exclusive interview with cover star, rugby icon Francois Pienaar. What many don’t know about the former Springbok captain is that, for the past decade, he’s led a mission to change the                  

Paint the town pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Hola Capetonians, come out and paint the town pink in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness for Reach for Recovery. The theme for this years Pink Lunch is Mad Hatter Style and will be held at Cape Town's, The Bay Hotel at the Rotunda venue on Friday 21 September 2012. The Pink Lunch is an initiative to create awareness for Breast Cancer and raise much needed funds for Reach for Recovery. Reach for Recovery is a program designed to supply practical and emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families, to enable them to make relevant personal decisions and to find the motivation for recovery with an optimal quality of life. Comedy diva, Irit Noble, will rock the floor as MC for this year's luncheon. Musicians such as