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Helenvale Poets at McGregor Poetry Festival 2018

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Our aim is to raise enough through your donations to take 20 emerging poets from a strive-torn area to the McGregor Poetry Fesitival.

We've budgeted for transport, accommodation and meals for 3 days. The poets are between the ages of 9 and 16. Four adult poets from the community will chaperone the young poets.

The Helenvale Poets live in a vibrant, but crime-torn, poverty stricken area.

Most Port Elizabeth residents link Helenvale with images of drug related shootings, of crime and violence, of poverty and unemployment. But the Helenvale Poetry project wishes to offer writers a way to write about their lives, their selves and their aspirations. It aims to break stereotypes, to show readers a human side of Helenvale, not often imagined outside of the community itself.

Helenvale youth often have no guided recreation or hobbies, and youth typically have no jobs. The project offers a meditative, creative and productive space that members describe as “therapeutic”. Participants work on and develop their poems with the help of mentors. 

Participants to use the written word to explore and question their surroundings, and to find their place and voice. It is designed to develop an understanding of poetry and of writing processes, including editing, book production and ultimately the marketplace and entrepreneurship. Thus, life skills are merged with artistic expression.

The Poets, and the younger New Generation group, have published 5 books, with two due to be launched at McGregor.

The writing and compilation of these volumes provides experiential learning.

This funding initiative is specifically to take 20 members from the project group to the McGregor Poetry Festival in the Western Cape (a few adult poets will accompany the younger writers).

Attending the festival has the following benefits:

  • Travelling out of Helenvale is a new experience for most
  • Presenting poems at the festival builds confidence, a sense of worth
  • Being part of a poetry community, being asked to sign books!
  • Attending sessions by other poets: most importantly, from similar backgrounds
  • Seeing writing as a process leading to books and readings

The festival is a place of diversity: racial, cultural, language and age diversity prevales, but the common language of poetry binds people. This embracing of the diverse is in itself an important lesson and enables the young poets to see past stereotypes.

Donations

  • Oct 01, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "As a fellow "baainaar", I wish you to prosper in this mission. This is an important project in the community and so vital for our young writers. All the best!" - Flow Wellington

  • Aug 29, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "As a fellow "baainaar", I wish you to prosper in this mission. This is an important project in the community and so vital for our young writers. All the best!" - Flow Wellington

  • Aug 20, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "Shine like you shone last time! Blessings on you all." - John van Wyngaard

  • Aug 18, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Enjoy the festival ! " - Marguerite

  • Aug 14, 2018 - R 359.87
  • "For the Helenvale Poets. Travel well." - Collegiate Literary Society

  • Aug 13, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Hoping everyone learns and grows during the Festival." - Veronica

  • Aug 10, 2018 - USD $ 38.38
  • "May this festival bring joy and understanding." - San Davey

  • Aug 08, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "We pledged to pay a percentage of the booking fee from a high profile guest staying at our guesthouse. We challenge others to do whatever they can to help The Helenvale Poets reach their target. " - Le Bonheur Guest Accommodation, McGregor

  • Aug 07, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "I wish you a safe and poetry filled time at the festival." - Bevan Boggenpoel

  • Jul 30, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "As a fellow "baainaar", I wish you to prosper in this mission. This is an important project in the community and so vital for our young writers. All the best!" - Flow Wellington

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "May your poems "come as naturally as the leaves to a tree." (John Keats)" - Jim Phelps

  • Jul 03, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Keep following your dreams. All the very best!" - Senthil

  • Jul 02, 2018 - R 160.00
  • "Enjoy!" - Moyna

  • Jun 29, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "As a fellow "baainaar", I wish you to prosper in this mission. This is an important project in the community and so vital for our young writers. All the best!" - Flow Wellington

  • Jun 21, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Lets get them there! All the best" - Michael & Cherise

  • Jun 15, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "I hope it will be something beuatiful, far and close." - Marike

  • Jun 14, 2018 - USD $ 39.52
  • "Best wishes on your project" - Jim Schnepf

  • Jun 10, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "PDI wishes the Helenvale Poets well with their writing: and hopes the project will enhance their development as well!" - PMI -- Personal Development Institute

  • Jun 02, 2018 - USD $ 82.99
  • "Write, share, dream......... it is your right!!" - Mark Mitchell

  • Jun 01, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Wishing the Helenvale Poets well with their writing journey!" - Andre Lemmer

  • May 29, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Fly far and share your art, Helenvale Poets. We are proud of you." - Michael and Simon

  • May 29, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "As a fellow "baainaar", I wish you to prosper in this mission. This is an important project in the community and so vital for our young writers. All the best!" - Flow Wellington

  • May 24, 2018 - R 223.22
  • "Kindly sent in the Creative writing workshop, facilitated by Olwethu Mxoli - S. Gerber, Fatama Mahouassa; Miacarla Tee; Megan Potgieter; Malakhiwe Hoffman; Amahle Ntabeni, Romesa Muhammad; L. MacGorma" - Riebeek College creative writing workshop

  • May 14, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "A great project!" - Mike Barwood

  • May 13, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Write to make your world a better place. Always think about how to live your writing." - GW

  • May 09, 2018 - R 10 010.00
  • "the wound is the place where Light enters you - Rumi. Poetry is a reflection from out of that wound. " - Healthylifestyles Pty ltd

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 103.00
  • "As a fellow "baainaar", I wish you to prosper in this mission. This is an important project in the community and so vital for our young writers. All the best!" - Flow Wellington

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Great work from Helenvale" - Merryl Leverington

  • Apr 26, 2018 - USD $ 78.90
  • "Happy travels fledgelings!" - Alana Potgieter

  • Apr 25, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Best wishes from Nicki" - Nicki Cummings

  • Apr 24, 2018 - R 2 087.25
  • "The 3 Mags Brothers (David, Maurice and Patrick Magner, with Ken on drums) did a gig in the Grape Devine / Pizza Pasta Courtyard in McGregor. R2030.00 was raised for The Helenvale Poets. " - 3 Mags Full

  • Apr 23, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE" - Argent family

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "What an amazing project! All the best on reaching your goal! You will get there!" - SA KBA's

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 411.28
  • "Well done Jenny!" - Les and Sandy

  • Apr 17, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "May your dreams come true Brian and Helenvale poets!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 11, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "With my best wishes" - Lorraine Lawrence

  • Apr 11, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Best wishes! Enjoy every minute!" - G. Halforty

  • Apr 08, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good work" - Lajantha

  • Apr 08, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Well done Daddy! Very proud!" - Ian

  • Apr 06, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "You are getting there.... 1km at a time....All the best!!" - Cheryl Walter

  • Apr 06, 2018 - R 150.00
  • "Veels geluk almal" - R du Randt

  • Apr 06, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "The Helenvale poets are really an inspiring group of poets. I love their poetry, enthusiasm and passion. I wish you all the best for the future!" - Dylan Walter

  • Apr 06, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "May this trip to the McGregor Poetry Festival will be an unforgettable event for the Helenvale participants." - Anonymous - IM

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best, and enjoy!" - Peter Steinmann

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "We believe in you! All the best" - The CCT

  • Apr 03, 2018 - R 565.51
  • "All of the best on your writing journey, young and emerging poets!" - Lerato Van Averbeke

  • Mar 28, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Keep walking. Enjoy" - Ron Walter

  • Mar 27, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck" - Brian Walter

  • Mar 20, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "As a fellow "baainaar", I wish you to prosper in this mission. This is an important project in the community and so vital for our young writers. All the best!" - Flow Wellington

  • Mar 19, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "good luck" - martyn

  • Mar 16, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Looking forward to seeing you there" - Di

  • Mar 15, 2018 - USD $ 89.40
  • "Looking forward to meeting you at the festival and hearing your poetry" - Athol Williams

  • Mar 15, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "ALL OF THE BEST. HOPE YOU REACH YOUR TARGET" - DENNIS PETERSEN

  • Mar 13, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "if another 447 people donate R100 ...... we will get the Helenvale poets to McGregor.... come on family and friends" - Cheryl Walter

  • Mar 13, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Let's get the Helenvale Poets to Poetry in McGregor 2018" - JenniferJohnson

  • Mar 11, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Good luck." - Anonymous

Statistics

Donations to date

R 35 628.78

Fundraising target

R 45 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 1 500.00