“Not personally but some members of my family have been diagnosed with depression and this illness has only but made us stronger as a family because of the loving support structure and thanks to that, as a unit, we have overcome and avoided the severity of this illness,” says Ntsika Ngxanga.
Speaking to MGOSI.co.za Ntsika says that he loves and lives for such amazing events where it’s not just about entertainment but also about educating people about mental health wellness.
“Our own music industry and the country at large have witnessed unfortunate circumstances that some have made it to the news and some haven’t, and when you look closely, you find that mental health issues were at the root of those unfortunate events. Being part of this event that’s me declaring my solidarity with those that are currently experiencing any issue related to mental health,” says Ntsika.
In order to stop the stigma around mental health illnesses, Ntsika says more events like these are needed, dedicate a day every week to observe and openly have media platforms that talk about anything and everything related to mental health wellness.
Muthaland Entertainment artists have teamed up with the Healings Foundation for the National Health Awareness Month. The Healings Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which looks at assisting and providing support to those who suffer from mental illnesses.
Mental Health Awareness month in South Africa is not only to educate the public about mental health but also to reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to.
On the 27th of October, Healings will be hosting a Mental Health Awareness Month picnic at the Orlando Pirates FC Academy in Amalgam/Mayfair, Joburg.
The aim of this event is to provide a safe space for family fun as well as support, including information dissemination areas for people needing more advice and information on mental health-related issues.
Part of the activities of the day will include ‘Kasi’ styled eKhaya Lami Olympics, which will host Nguni games.
Healings and Muthaland artists are seeking supporters to come and join them on the day, closing off the month of Mental Health by bringing along props, toys, and games that they grew up playing back in the villages or on the dusty streets of their townships. Patrons are encouraged to join the fun and games by entering the ‘eKhaya Lami Games’.
Games will include games such as Keribeke, Bhathi, Tin Tin/ Blikie Blikie – Piki Piki Mabelane, Koi (Jumping rope), China Rope, game with stockings or pantyhose Jumping, Hula hoops, tops, and Marbles to name just a few.
Reminding all that we don’t need to join a gym to be fit, good old homegrown / “Kasi styled games – will keep both the BODY and MIND… Active, Happy and Healthy!
Parents can safely register their children at the kids’ Corner and leave them there while enjoying their own Adult Games, Aerobics, Kasi Style Olympics.
The fun-filled health and concert day event will be graced by performers such as Ntsika, 047, Bongane_SAX, Mash and Mangoli.
- Parking: Secure parking at Venue – R20,00 per car,
- Cooler Boxes, Picnic baskets, chairs, and blankets Allowed.
- Braai Stands for Hire – R20 each or
- Bring your own Vendor Stalls: available from R500 to R2,000 ( Depending on Size of Stall)
Tickets available at webtickets.co.za [HERE] or Pick N Pay from R60 (Kids ) to R150 (Adults)
#SupportThroughHealing will be having guest speakers from Teddy Bears Clinic, JPCCC, Auxilium Health,
Subconscious Frequency Academy, The Health Clinic and New Day Rehabilitation Centre. Click [HERE] for directions.
For further information or to make vendor or family block bookings: Ms. Gobi Motswakae, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / 073 228 4683 Mr. Ruben Mokale Email: email@example.com / 071 230 6678.
Muthaland Entertainment, Healings Foundation, and MGOSI.co.za will be running a cool competition – where winners will win a hamper of t-shirts, caps, CDSx5 per hamper and entry tickets to the actual event. Stay tuned for more details.