Over the last few months, 1000 Drawings Cape Town has hosted a series of public ‘doodling’ sessions around the city, and on August 28th, it all comes together at the Night Of 1000 Drawings fundraiser.
But what is doodling? What is the money being raised for? And how can YOU get involved? We caught up with the event organiser, Shani Judes, to find out.
HN9: You’ve been running doodling sessions in Cape Town for a couple of months. But what exactly is doodling and where did the idea come from?
SHANI: Doodling is drawing - usually a doodle will be done when you are sitting on the phone or in a meeting or bored at school A doodle can be anything drawn. We also accept photographs and paintings etc. Basically, ANYthing, with ANYthing, on ANYthing A5 – it must be a drawing on A5.
When their delivery truck was stolen in 2006, a Johannesburg inner city feeding program – Paballo ya Batho (Sotho for “caring for the people”) - suddenly found it impossible to feed hundreds of homeless people. They did not have the finances to replace it, so The Night of a 1000 Drawings was born as a fundraising rescue plan. Anyone could donate A5 drawings of anything, which were then sold for R100 each at an inner-city art exhibition. By the end of the evening sufficient money was raised to buy a new truck. This is how 1000 Drawings was born.
HN9: The drawings or ‘doodles’ that have been created at these sessions will be sold at the Night Of 1000 Drawings. When and where will this event be taking place?
SHANI: It takes place on Thursday 28th August 2014 at the Good Hope Centre from 5pm until midnight. R100 gets you in and the purchase of a doodle.
HN9: Can someone who hasn't attended a doodle session create one anyway? If so, how do they get these doodles to you?
SHANI: Of course - they can drop off their drawing at one of the drop off points before August 26th - http://1000drawingsct.co.za/drop-off-points/
HN9: How much does each drawing sell for and what will be done with the money raised?
SHANI: Each drawing costs R100. All proceeds go towards the uplift of the Thomas Wildschutt School in Retreat, where we are implementing a creative turnkey solution to brighten up the lives of over 400 young South Africans with these great organisations:
GreenPop - www.greenpop.org
See-Saw-Do - www.seesawdo.com
H.E.L.P (Homework Enrichment Lifeskills Programme) - www.help-eduprogramme.co.za
HN9: For everyone out there interested in purchasing a drawing, what are some examples of the kinds of doodles that will be for sale?
SHANI: Some examples of cool doodles are cartoons, toys, a tree, nature, their families, cars, people, things that make them think of South Africa, Cape Town, sunsets and sun rises, the beach, the mountain, anything they love, their animals. Anything goes!
HN9: Why would you encourage everyone out there to come out and support this event?
SHANI: It’s going to be the biggest, funnest exhibition of 2014 and the more support we get, the better the upgrade of the school will be!
All drawings sourced from 1000drawingsct.co.za
For more information on 1000 Drawings Cape Town as well as the big event – Night Of 1000 Drawings – check out these links:
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