The year ahead - Jan 2012
To all Awesome South Africans
The beginning of a New Year brings with it New Year's resolutions. In our newsletter this month we bring you three stories - each one in its own way enticing you to make a commitment and act on creating a better world
Be a zerohero by supporting SADD in their alcohol free February campaign.
Live with a “glass half full”.
Be wilfully colourblind
As we step onto the path that we will travel down this new year, Derryn Campbell, Di Smith and the Awesome SA team wish you all the very best for 2012.
Regards from the Awesome SA Team
Be WillfullyColourblind by Karen De Villiers
Why not include in your 2012 New Year resolutions the need to be wilfully colour-blind. After all – How can we judge others? We are all the same but for the circumstances of our birth and upbringing. Children learn about the nature of the world from their contact with other human beings and the environment in which they live. They learn about justice or injustice, they learn about violence or peace, they learn about intolerance or compassion, they learn about bullying or acceptance. The world in which they live will often determine the lives that they will lead as they grow into adulthood. At the core of the human experience people are no different from you and I even if they come from a different culture, religion or are of a different colour. Read more.
Karen de Villiers, a South African living in London writes for The South African newspaper and runs a website called London/Green/Africa www.londongreenafrica.com.
Are you a Glass Half-Full or a Glass Half-Empty Kind of Person? By Justin Foxton
“I’ll tell you what we have to look forward to,” boomed my Uncle Reggie as he prepared to tee off on the third at Durban Country Club; “yet another year of electricity price hikes, corrupt politicians and a lack of service delivery.”
As I wandered the lush fairways listening to my Uncle bemoan the state of our nation, I considered our tendency to be a ‘glass-half-empty’ sort of people. Like Reggie, we spend a great deal of time discussing what is wrong with our country and comparatively little time celebrating what is good.
February is Zerohero with SADD
Join the Awesome SA team and many others around the country for the month of February. SADD are challenging South Africans to become a Zerohero by not drinkingfor the 29 days of February.
South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) is an NPO which works in education, prevention, research, and service delivery concerning the use of alcohol and the harm misuse causes, especially on our roads, and to our youth. About 18,000 people are killed on our roads; and 150,000 more are injured yearly - with at least 50% of these crashes due to alcohol misuse.
Children as young as 12 are starting to drink heavily in SA and this affects their future potential.
Find out more about AlcoFreeFeb™and becoming a zerohero.
You’re Awesome, Living A Fulfilled Life
'You're Awesome' is a uniquely South African book written by Di Smith, photographed by Terrence Mtola and with a special foreword by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Click this link to watch the Youtube video of the Cape Town book launch of You’re Awesome.
Awesome South Africa
Awesome South Africa is in its second year of sales and it is exciting to see the book still selling as well as it did when it was launched. Thank you to everyone who sent through your wonderful comments and feedback. Read what others have to say about the book:
Bruce: “A book about South Africa - very cool! I avidly turned the pages and found myself completely charmed and amazed by the colorful layouts and clever themes that abound through the book's chapters. It's truly wonderful, a tapestry of delights, a real work of art that brings smiles, new knowledge and shivers of pleasure of discovery. I feel all the smarter and entertained for having it10 000 hard covER FRONT PAGEl. It's brilliant and so very well done.
Rochelle:We had our function last night and the compliments for the book – WOW!Everyone LOVED it. I am so glad that I bought them for our university awards!
Lisa:“We received our book today and are absolutely thrilled. The book is awesome and SO beautifully packaged!”
Both books are available in bookstores countrywide or Order on-line on the Awesome SA website.
South Africans Positively Influencing the Future.