Princess Charlene attends Sandton function to promote water safety
A cocktail was function held in Sandton, Johannesburg, on April 21, 2017, aimed to publicise the need to increase our awareness of water safety and the danger of death from drowning. The event was hosted by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which tirelessly promotes increased consciousness of the danger of death by drowning, the third most common cause of accidental death around the world. The Foundation was established not only to enhance public awareness of this major threat to public health and safety but also to teach children to swim and to equip them with effective safety and preventive techniques. Princess Caroline personally addressed her guests at the function, summarising the mission of the Foundation for an audience that included leading South African personalities as well as some of the country’s most prominent athletes.
Water safety and the future of South Africa
A very important point was made by Gavin Varejes, chairman of Richmark Holdings and president of the Foundation in South Africa, when he highlighted the increased risk of death by drowning among children in marginalised or poorer areas. Varejes pointed out that since South Africa’s future depends on the ability of its children to live healthy and fruitful lives, the project of preventing needless deaths from drowning is vital for the whole country in the years ahead. Princess Charlene observed that the vital work of teaching water safety can be successfully done simply by working with one individual, one family, one neighbourhood at a time and building from there.
During her trip to South Africa Princess Charlene also made a return visit to Gugulesizwe Primary School to see how the now-thriving vegetable garden that she donated to the school in 2012 is now helping to sustain the local community.
Exhibition Preview Reveals the Inner Nelson Mandela
Leading South African artist John Meyer explains that his main objective in painting the images of Nelson Mandela that make up a major new exhibition was to capture the inner man as well as the public figure who continues to inspire dispossessed people around the world. The exhibition, which consists of 16 images rendered variously in acrylics and sand-on-canvas, was previewed at the Circa on Jellicoe gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, on February 23rd, 2017. It will then be seen in major artistic capitals around the world.
The Mandela Exhibition: Origins and Objectives
This important show owes its existence to Richmark Holdings CEO Andrew Dunn, who gave Meyer the task of making the featured works and has now loaned them to be shown in the exhibition. The result is an event that works not only in artistic terms but also as a means of gaining new insights into Mandela’s life and achievements. The potentially daunting project of depicting such an inspirational figure drove Meyer to transcend his previous accomplishments and to reach new artistic heights.
Another major contributor to the exhibition’s success is Mark Read, who owns the Circa on Jellicoe gallery, where the one-off, pre-tour preview was held. As Read sees it, the new show is important not only as an aesthetic phenomenon but also as a means of inspiring new thinking on South Africa’s past and future. Such an emphasis on fresh ideas, makes it especially apt that Richmark Holdings was associated with the exhibition; From its beginnings in the year 2000, when it was founded by businessman and philanthropist Gavin Varejes, Richmark has firmly supported the new creativity, both commercial and cultural, that young entrepreneurs and other leading figures will need as they lay the foundations for South Africa’s future success.
Gavin Varejes is the CEO of Richmark Holdings LTD and the President of SARLA (South African Rugby Legends association)