November in South Africa, and worldwide, is a month full of wonderful, unusual and fun events that raise funds for worthy causes.
Each morning I wake to the sounds of Radio Jacaranda, synonymous with the beautiful capital city I live in and its purple blossomed trees that flower around this time of the year. In November, 'Sisters with Blisters' (http://www.sisterswithblisters.co.za), a Radio Jacaranda initiative, is heavily advertised. This annual South African event, aimed at raising much needed awareness on women and child abuse in our country, marks the start of 16 days of Activism internationally for No Violence Against Women, a United Nations campaign.
Radio Jacaranda, wanting to participate in this movement in a unique way that captured listeners' attention, came up with the concept: Shoes! They believe that women are willing to do more for this irrational fetish than one could imagine. The Sex in the City character, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) once said she spent $40,000 on shoes and had no place to stay. “I will literally be the old women who lived in her shoes!” she said.
Jacaranda believed women would take up the challenge of walking in their stilettoes, allowing their feet to do the talking to break the silence—'heel to heal'. Even men participate ... and dogs (without the heels of course). Starting with 600 participants in 2006, Sisters with Blisters 2011 was supported by 5000 women, men and kids!
Another great initiative which has just recently come to my knowledge is Movember.
Hot on the heels of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, the gents, not willing to be forgotten or outdone, throw away their razors (or at least in part) and don their new handlebars. Movember is responsible for thousands of men worldwide sprouting mustaches, or moustaches as the British would write it. At first I was confused what all this MO stuff had to do with MUstaches, till I recognized the habit of writing in American English coming out in me. I soon made the MOnnection.