Helen Keller Annual Fete

For the past few years I have been invited to take photographs at the annual fundraiser fete of the Helen Keller Society here in Cape Town. They are an organisation providing assistance to visually impaired people of all ages, while also running a retirement centre for both visually impaired and sighted people.

Crowds at a market

If the crowd waiting at the gates to be let in bang on 9am is anything to go by, this is obviously quite a popular event on the local calendar.

Knitted teddies

Much work and preparation goes into this event, including items made by the Knitting Group, the members of which are all partially sighted. Besides raising funds for the society itself, many of these knitted teddies make their way to local childrens’ homes with the assistance of the riders of the Harley Davidson Tyger Valley Chapter.

Harley Davidson bike riders

No event at Helen Keller is complete without the arrival of the men and women in question. Unbeknown to many the H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) is involved in numerous charitable activities. The residents often enjoy a spin on the back of a Harley. A delight to see!

Musician playing clarinet at outdoor event

And of course we need some good background music to set the mood. Clarinet, keyboards and a whole lot more provided by the talented Colin Mairs , also a regular at Helen Keller events.

ladies at foodstall at a market 

These ladies had one of the more popular stalls and really worked non stop to keep the crowds happy with their delicious vet-koek and samoosas. I had to wait for a lull in the action to be able to get this pic of them.

It’s always a privilege to be part of these events where hard work and fun comes together for a very serious cause. See you next year !


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