Category: We Are The World Blogfest


#WATWB : short films about good people

It’s the last Friday of the month and therefore the day on which bloggers from around the world post on good news, as a way of alleviating the darkness and confusion that seems to pervade our everyday lives. I always enjoy looking for a good news story, they come my way through various media. I feel uplifted when I read about the good in people, ordinary men, women and children who in some meaningful way make the world just that little bit better. This takes many forms – people acting individually (like people picking up trash or coming to the aid of another); or on a collective level where there is a common purpose eg raising funds for a worthwhile cause, which invariably began with an individual who heard the call and responded to it ..

It’s always hard to choose one story from around South Africa, there are so many. But the one below seems like a good choice and is in line with the aim of #WATWB ie to spread good news. This couple, Justine & Michael, travel the world making short films about good people. “We hope to remind our audience of one simple truth – that we are all human – that inside our hearts and minds, we are all facing similar challenges.  We have so much to learn from each other, and our connections run so much deeper and stronger than we think.” The link I’ve provided shows a video of a woman, Maggie, of indeterminate age and her love for life and her animals. The scenery is beautiful, her roses and red hot pokers are lovely, she speaks in Afrikaans, there are English subtitles. She is the epitome of our strong South African Afrikaner women. You can see her vitality shining through. The video Perpetual Motion is at the end of the story –


Your co-hosts this month are: Susan Scott, Damyanti Biswas, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg and Mary J. Giese.

Do pop by them and say hello – their posts are sure to be wonderfully up-lifting.

If you’d like to take part there are a few guide lines. Posts to be non-political, 500 words or less and a note as to why you particularly liked it. The purpose of #WATWB is to show humanity in action, that crosses all borders. The #WATWB badge to be used, and as always we appreciate your sharing it on social media.

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend.

#WATWB Nomi video



It’s that time again, the last Friday of the month, in which bloggers around the world post a good news story, one that uplifts and recognizes the inherent goodness of humanity although at times it seems that collectively, and individually, it ain’t so.

There are so many stories of humanity in action that cross borders of colour, race and religion. The one I’ve chosen is a 3 min video. This young man took his domestic worker Nomi from Cape Town (in the Western Cape) to Addo (in the Eastern Cape) to fetch her ailing mother and bring her back to Cape Town to the hearth and home of Nomi. He set up a backabuddy platform whereby all revenue from the streaming of the song would go towards Nomi’s mother’s medical treatment, a gas heater and a wheel chair. The target was reached within 24 hours.  Enjoy it!

If you wish to take part in the #WATWB here are a few guidelines. Posts to be short, a brief description of the how and why it attracted you, and a link to the post. Posts to a be non political, non religious. It can be of an individual or group or organization that highlights the efforts made to make the better place. The #WATWB badge to be used and please share on social media as a way of bringing light into the shadows –

The cohosts this month:
Sylvia McGrath,
Susan Scott,
Shilpa Garg,
Eric Lahti,
and Belinda Witzenhausen.

Do pop by them – their stories are bound to be uplifting! Have a great weekend!



Bloggers around the world put up a good news story post on the last Friday of each month that shows humanity in action. This serves as an antidote to the alarming news we hear every day through various news feeds.

I could have chosen the story about the first Black South African woman, Saray Khumula, who summited Mt. Everest a few weeks ago. It is a lovely story coupled with the fact that she raised funds for a library for orphaned children in Soweto. Her message was of patience and perseverance and encouragement of black South African women to reach for the dream.

The one I’ve chosen is short and sweet and typical of many if not most South Africans who lend a hand when needed. I can just see the goodness in this young man’s heart  – Nkosikho Mbele – who paid for petrol for a woman who had left her card at home. As the story says, Monet van Deventer was at the petrol station when a young man started cleaning her windows. She was looking for her petrol card and asked him not to fill her car or clean her windows as she had left her card at home. He said ‘Ma’am, you can’t run out of petrol on the N2. I’ll throw in R100 and then you can just bring back my R100 whenever you are near again”.

This very recent story has gone viral – Monet van Deventer has set up a fund for this young man who, when she returned the money to him, asked him why he helped a trusted a stranger. He replied: ”Ma’am, I’m a believer”. 

Well, so am I – in the inherent kindness and goodness of people the world over …

If you’d like to take part in spreading the good news, please add your name to the link. Your post to be under 500 words with your link to the fuller story. Your story is to be non-political and one that shows humanity in action which restores your faith in the goodness of the people of our planet.

Our thanks to our co-hosts this month i.e. Damyanti BiswasSimon FalkShilpa GargMary J. Giese , and Dan Antion who welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. Do pop by them – their stories are sure to be inspiring as will all the stories of those participating.

Petrol attendant pays for fuel to make sure woman gets home safely… restores faith in all South Africans!

#WATWB Grandmother walking to deliver donation


The good deed you do today for a brother or sister in need will come back to you some day, for humanity is a circle indeed,

American screenplay writer, Robert Alan Aurthur.

It’s that time of month again, the last Friday of each month when bloggers from around the world post a good news story, showing humanity in action. It was difficult to choose just one but the one I’ve chosen touched me to the core. It shows a gogo (grandmother) carrying on her shoulders a bag of goods to deliver to those affected by Cyclone Idai, the one that has caused so much death, devastation and displacement to those living in Mocambique and bordering countries, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The visibly elderly woman identified as Gogo (grandmother) walked from Mbare to deliver her Cyclone Idai donations in Highlands, Harare.

She couldn’t afford the taxi fare so she walked –

This saying of the header to my post came to life after an elderly woman in Zimbabwe walked over 12 kilometres to deliver aid donations to victims of Cyclone Idai. She was recognised and offered a lifetime reward. “She gave more than us all. What she did is one of the most remarkable acts of compassion I have ever seen” said the billionaire Strive Masiyiwa.

Read more:
If you’d like to take part in this initiative, running for almost 2 years now, you can add your name to the linky list.
Our thanks to our co-hosts this month. Do pop along to their posts to say hello.,
Some brief guidelines: posts to be under 500 words, say why it touched you, and provide the link to the story which shows humanity in action.
Thank you for reading! May the Force be with you and ‘in Darkness be Light’ –

a simple hello

A simple hello

On the last Friday of each month, bloggers from around the world post a good news story as a way of lightening the news that assails us from every angle. I am late with my post – I found this one from googthingsguy dated today.

How to participate if you wish: ***Use the badge and #WATWB hashtag and share on social media.***Keep your post to below 500 words – say how and why the good news affected you and supply the link to your story. (I have not provided the link this, this time round; I have edited it slightly). ***If you’d like to take part in sharing a post for good things happening around the world with #WATWB, you can add your links HERE. This month’s hosts for the #WATWB are:  Inderpreet Uppal Shilpa Garg,  Sylvia McGrath , Peter NenaBelinda WitzenHausen. Please link to them in your WATWB posts and go say hi! And our thanks to them for hosting.

A simple hello

Sea Point, Cape Town – One evening, two weeks ago, Toni Venter stopped at her local shop on her way home to pick up a few things. On the way back to her car she noticed a homeless man, one she sees daily, sitting in his usual spot.

But this time instead of just walking by, she decided to stop and speak to him. This is how she met Thomas, and this is how both their lives changed that day.

 Thomas’ life fell apart when his entire family was murdered in an armed robbery He lost all hope and his way, and couldn’t pick up the pieces again which is how he ended up living on the streets.

“You can see the pain and sadness in his eyes, a broken man needing human kindness to uplift him again. That evening I promised Thomas that I would somehow help him.”

Toni immediately contacted her friend, Peter Greenwall, who arranged to get the homeless man a hair cut, a clean-shave and a shower. Thomas told the two that for the first time in many years, he “looked and felt human” again.

Living on the street has many detrimental effects on a person’s health and well-being. Toni and Peter knew that cleaning him up was just one aspect that Thomas needed and together they started the journey to helping him get back on his feet.

Thomas’ teeth had badly deteriorated so Peter approached the Dental Wellness Trust of whom his sister, Dr Linda Greenwall, is the founder, to ask for assistance. Dr Clifford Yudelman, who is affiliated with the Dental Wellness Trust, immediately agreed to assist in repairing the damage done to his teeth.

Thomas had also previously worked in the security sector and Toni took to her social media to try find him work in the same field. She knew that someone would know someone, who would be able to help him and within 24 hours Teresa Zive of Talon Security Services in Sea Point saw the post and offered to help.

“I contacted PSIRA and confirmed his security certification, gave him a cellphone so that he could be contacted and between Teresa and myself we coordinated an interview for Thomas at her office.”

 The interview could not have gone better and Thomas was offered a position immediately.

“Thomas starts work tomorrow! I cannot begin to thank Teresa Woods Zive and Neil Zive for helping Thomas with more than just a job. They have given him his life back and restored his dignity.

It’s amazing what taking a few minutes of your time to talk to a person can do to change their lives.

Thank you to Peter Greenwall, Dr Linda Greenwall and Dr Clifford Yudelman as well!

Without your kindness and compassion this would never have been possible.”

“It’s stories like these that remind that a simple hello can lead to a million things, and an act of kindness has the power to change someone’s entire world!”

How a simple 'Hello' changed this man's life forever! Thomas



It’s the first We Are The World Blogfest for 2019, the last Friday of the month and the day on which we post a snippet of good news that shows humanity in action, and restores our faith somewhat in the common good and decency that prevails. This, in spite of eg the Brexit drama, the US government shutdown, Australia’s crippling heat, the exposure of deep rooted corruption in high places here in South Africa, Zimbabwe on our border in crisis, immigrants worldwide fleeing their places of danger, the planet in crisis with its loss of animals and species, fires, droughts, flooding, trying to distinguish between fake and real news and the general malaise that seems pervasive

Good news always brightens my mood. It takes a little time in the search to select a particular story, but it’s always worthwhile.

I love this story below – it highlights what can be done by one individual initiating a goal while enjoying the natural beauty of Table Mountain in Cape Town. Others are also encouraged in this common purpose.

On New Year’s Eve, Andrew Patterson took his last step in a year long journey – climbing Table Mountain EVERY DAY – that totalled 2429km including 262km of vertical climbing (equivalent to 71 Mt Everests) that took over 964 hours to complete.

  Our thanks to our co-hosts for this month: Sylvia SteinInderpreet UppalShilpa GargDamyanti Biswas and Simon Falk.  Please do check out their posts and other bloggers who use the #WATWB.If you’d like to take part in this initiative of spreading goodwill here are the guidelines for #WATWB

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blogone that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. 

5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hastag to help us trend!

Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins, Instagram, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. We’ll try and follow and share all those who post on the #WATWB hashtag, and we encourage you to do the same.Have your followers click here to enter their link and join us! Bigger the #WATWB group each month, more the joy!



Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend!



It’s the last Friday of the month and the day on which bloggers around the world put up good news stories as a way of mitigating the bad news that floods our TV, newspapers, social media and so on. This is the 20th month so far!

We invite you to share a story that uplifts and inspires you and to tell us why it does.
Any story that shows humanity in action towards another person or group, or towards the planet, gets my heart singing. I’ve chosen this particular one among many to show that people do care and take steps to clean up, knowing the consequences of no action.

Ignore, deplore, accuse, tackle. Those are four of the responses of the general public when confronted by the multiple problems of our country.

Willem Snyman of Hennops River tackles. 

Below is the link –

I know that the community is working today at cleaning up the Hennops river which is about 40 mins away from me. If I could be there I would.

Thanks to our co-hosts this month. Please visit them, their stories are sure to be inspiring!

Eric Lahti,

Inderpreet Uppal,

Shilpa Garg,

Peter Nena

Damyanti Biswas

Your post to be be below 500 words if you’d like to take part.
Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity and  brotherhood, telling us why it touched you. 
It’s important to link as it helps the reader look beyond the news and find positives ones to post.
No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of  humanity.
Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your sidebar.
Help us spread the word on social media, tweet, share using the #WATWB hashtag to help us trend.

May this post all others nudge us to spread light in darkness!

Have a lovely weekend, and thank you for reading.


WATWB – Kindness

Sing up for We Are The World Blogfest!
We Are The World Blogfest

It’s that time again, the last Friday of every month when bloggers around the world post a blog and spread some sunshine among the darkness that threatens to envelop our beautiful world. It’s the 18th in this series!

I nicked the below off a FB post – 

I liked this link from Seeing lovely photographs of humanity in action, or those of nature always bring a smile to my face. It’s good to picture a better world. You’re invited to #PictureABetterWorld – “Did you know there is a direct translation between seeing images of kindness and compassion and inducing joy, optimism and gratitude? Your photography can create change”.

“We see kindness in people every day. In people we know and those we haven’t met yet. People lending a hand, helping others, sharing a meal, a smile, or paying it forward. And self-kindness”.

Kindness – can you enter a kindness competition?

Eric LahtiInderpreet UppalShilpa Garg,Mary J. Giese and Roshan Radhakrishnan, are our co-hosts this month. Thank you! Do pop by their posts which are always inspiring. We welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE to check out the intention and rules of the blogfest and feel free to sign up at any time. You are always welcome!

Please SIGN UP for WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST in the linky list that opens up in a new windowClick HERE to be part of the Light.

Posts to be be 500 words or less & non-political and non-religious. The idea is to spread goodwill and humanity in action. Tell us why you liked the link.

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend.


Bloggers from around the world post a good news story on the last Friday of each month. Today is the 17th month of “We are the World Blogfest” #WATWB. The intention is to spread a little light and joy on a world that too often appears to be lacking in this resource.
We’ve been down at the coast for the last several days. It’s been wonderful, whales in the bay, crisp clear sea air. What’s also been wonderful to witness is the love people have for their animals, walking them on the beach, talking to them, seeing their tails wagging, seeing them jump in the sea with such exuberance.
The link I’ve provided is a sweet story of a man’s love, thoughtfulness and responsibility towards his two dogs. Too often are pets are not given the love that is needed. Can the measure of a person be taken by the way s/he treats animals? I think so … this is the link:


If you’d like to take part in this monthly blog fest of spreading a story of humanity in action, please add your name to the linky list. Click HERE to be part of the Light.  And put up a ‘feel-good’ post on the last Friday of the month. Your story to be below 500 words, non-political, non-religious. Provide the link to the story and tell us why in particular it touched you. And share it on social media.


With thanks to our co-hosts this month. Do pop by and say hello! I’m looking forward to reading their posts. Eric LahtiInderpreet UppalShilpa GargSylvia Stein,  Peter Nena

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

#WATWB Feed those in need


It’s the last Friday of the month. #WATWB We are the World Blogfest puts up a post on this day every month to spread goodwill and to show that amongst the doom and gloom, much good is happening. I must say that for me I wondered where to find some good news; all seemed so dark and oppressive, not just here in South Africa but world wide as well.

The idea is to make a link to a good news story, and say briefly why this of particular interest to you. This one is especially interesting. It highlights how we live (in the western world at least) in excess and how much food is wasted. And what steps can be taken using technology to distribute food to those in need.

Our thanks to our hosts this month; their posts are below. Do pop by and say hello.

Simon FalkAndrea MichaelsShilpa GargSylvia Stein and Belinda Witzenhausen .

Click HERE to be part of the Light. This is a link should you wish to add your name to it and put up a blog on the last Friday of each month.

New tech for feeding the needy launched in SA

Thank you – I hope this finds you all well. I’ve been very slack in blogging lately. I hope to get back to it pretty soon. On a personal front, my son and daughter-in-law have been and are still travelling through Europe. A while back I got a message from Jüte that she’d mislaid her wallet in Germany, I think. I got a message yesterday from her that it’s been found and she now has it! Another bit of good news is that a bill I was ‘dealing’ with, finally got sorted yesterday and I was refunded the money owing! So, yesterday was a good day. Spring is in the air. The photo below is of my orchids, dying down but still a thing of beauty.



Sing up for We Are The World Blogfest!
We Are The World Blogfest

 A group of bloggers from around the world participate in We are the World Blogfest, (#WATWB) and post once a month on the last Friday of the month. It is our attempt to bring and promote good news: a story of a person, or group, or organisation that is seen to be making the world a better place, in so many ways. The blogging also serves to shine a little light on the dark that pervades our planet, and to show that there is much good in the world whether small acts of kindness or on a larger scale …

I love this story that shows business and community in action, caring for our beautiful planet. We’re all aware of plastic, oil spills and trash that lands up in the oceans and threaten coral and sea life. The birds who use the seas and land for food and breeding also get the short end of the stick. SA Plastic refers to South Africa. We cannot emphasise enough how we absolutely have to take care of our own trash, and minimise it in any way we can. Not only for other living sentient land, sea and air creatures, but for ourselves and future generations. And pick up litter when we see it –

Plastics SA has taken a firm step to prevent plastic in our oceans

*this is a one minute video from a different source showing plastic bottles being used to make art, here in Johannesburg, South Africa

If you’d like to take part in this monthly initiative of spreading good news click Here to enter their link: 

Your posts to be non political, non-religious, non-racist. Please add why you like that particular story and add the link to it. About 500 words or less. And spread the word via social media using the hashtag #WATWB. With thanks to our co-hosts this month: Shilpa Garg, Inderpreet Kaur UppalPeter NenaAndrea Michaels, Damyanti Biswas. Do go by and say hello!

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!



#We are the World Blogfest

Sing up for We Are The World Blogfest!

It’s the last Friday of the month in which we post good news from around the world as a way of deflecting from negative news that takes too much space.  Our co-hosts for this month are: Shilpa GargDan AntionSimon FalkMichelle Wallace , Mary J. Giese. Thank you.  Do pop by and say hello. Their posts are sure to be inspiring.

                                              The linky link should you wish to join is: It’s a matter of adding your name to the list, adding the badge in your side bar, posting some good news, saying why it inspires you, keeping it apolitical and non-religious, and a post that shows brother/sisterhood humanity in action. Do share on social media using #WATWB.

Today 27 April, is the day we voted in our first democratic election 24 years ago when Mr. Nelson Mandela became our president. It’s a public holiday, known as Freedom Day (still a long way to go though). The video below is so well worthwhile with live footage over the years. The 2 min video brought tears to my eyes. There’s even a moment of Mr. Mandela doing the jive! And our new pres Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa at the end –

Hope Joanna #HopeJoanna

When we have hope. We have everything.

To celebrate Freedom Day, GRID Worldwide have started a new social media campaign called #HopeJoanna… an idea to bring back hope and optimism to all South Africans.

“Let’s not forget about what the cost was. We have had so much adversity and many triumphs. Let’s never forget our struggle for freedom. But let’s love our diversity and let’s move ahead with intention. We are a great nation, never allow insecurity to cloud our resolve. Towards greatness. Share with your own love for our country.”

#HopeJoanna is more than just a campaign. It’s a social movement. And they are inviting each and every South African, to embark on this renewed journey of hope and optimism that we are experiencing in our country.

“We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of our beautiful South Africa. Even through the toughest of times, we have come out triumphant because we as a nation are resilient. And one thing always rings true, that when we have hope, we have everything.

We invite you to share your stories of hope with your fellow South Africans using #HopeJoanna. Let’s remind ourselves of all the wonderful, colourful and diverse things that we love about each other. Let’s come together in hope, because there is no better time than now.”

To kick off the campaign, the team have released an inspirational short film. Watch it below:


#We Are the World Blogfest


Sing up for We Are The World Blogfest!
We Are The World Blogfest

It’s the 12th month of posting a blog for #WATWB on the last Friday of every month. The aim of the blogfest is to spread good news in a world that seems increasingly unstable. With the good news of humanity in action the negativity is lessened a little.

I’ve chosen a recent post that I found in the started by Brent Lindeque here in South Africa. The link for my post is below.

When Elizabeth Ann Robertson’s husband’s died in 2010 she had to start a new life for herself.  She moved to be closer to her daughter in Somerset West, my old stomping ground in the western Cape a very ling time ago. What I loved about this story is how she took the bulls by the horns and graduated with a Master’s degree from Stellenbosch University at the age of 74.

So, one woman’s story of how it’s never too late to learn something new. I’m inspired – I’m aware that my choice this month is not about one person’s brave deed or kindness that helped out another or others; it’s about a woman taking her own life into her hands. I’m hoping that all who read it may be similarly inspired.

Thank you to our co-hosts this month: Belinda Witzenhausen,  Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein  Shilpa GargEric Lahti . Do pop by and say hello to them. Their stories are bound to be wonderful. Add your name to the link below if you’d like to be part of #WATWB. You can add your name to the link here. Keep your story short, provide the link and mention why your choice of story is inspiring to you.

Thank you for reading. Have a blessed Easter and/or Passover. Keep safe. Keep centred. Let your light shine.

#WATWB New brooms sweep clean

#WATWB New brooms sweep clean

Sing up for We Are The World Blogfest!
We Are The World Blogfest

On the last Friday of every month, #WATWB posts a story linking to a story that is inspiring and shows humanity in action around the world. We are in our 11th month of spreading good news to dim the negativity –

Thank you to  Peter NenaEric LahtiRoshan Radhakrishnan and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal &  Shilpa Garg for being our co-hosts this month. Do pop by to say hello and see their posts and others from around the world for a dose of feel good news.

My post for this month ‘We Are the World Blogfest’ post is different this time round. I am not linking to any story, but just saying that last Wednesday, 14th February, I heard on the radio, close to midnight, the president of South Africa, resign. In his own words. For the last several weeks we’d been on a roller coaster, wondering  what would happen. The tension was palpable. We had been hoping that Jacob Zuma would either resign or be forced out – and face the charges brought against him. His resignation was the best Valentine’s gift I could have received.

For me and the citizens of South Africa, this shows the power of protest in civil society, the justice system, the voice of the ordinary person. Saying NO MORE to State Capture – unbridled corruption. State capture is the capture of state-owned enterprises eg our national airline, railways, power grid. Government gives tenders to preferred suppliers and receives from them HUGE kickbacks to go into their pockets. Needless to say, suppliers that offer better services at better costs are overlooked. Billions of rands have been lost to services that require this money – education, housing, health – 

So, Zuma is OUT and we have a new president, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in last Friday. We anticipate a sweeping clean up of government ministers who have failed in their duty to the peoples of South Africa. There is a new sense of hope and unity in my country. I am inspired as I hope you will be too; although the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow, we CAN use our voice and protest and say NO.

If you wish to partake in this monthly fest, please add your name to the linky list below, and put up the #WATWB badge on your sidebar. Posts to be 500 words or less,  providing a link to your story, and a mention of why it inspires you. The posts are not supposed to be political …

Thank you for reading, have a great weekend.

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