Nowhere do these words ring truer than when echoing the sentiments of artist SaySay.Love, who believes that compassion has the power to bring hope and healing.
He states that as we approach the festive season we are all presented with an opportunity to express great warmth, kindness and generosity to not only our loved ones, but those less fortunate than ourselves, and that this gesture is not only limited to those who pursue careers in caregiving, but in humanity as a whole.
“As a retired businessman I truly believe that doing good is, in fact, good business, and I am deeply inspired by the gift of compassion,” he says.
SaySay.Love, together with Lalela Art Project based in Hout Bay, Cape Town recently led the pack in spreading the spirit of Christmas by hosting a fun-filled day aimed at ensuring that the children of Lalela truly get to experience the warmth and joy that represents this special time of the year.
This momentous event, which took place on Thursday, 14th December 2017 at Kronendal Primary School located in Hout Bay, saw a gathering of some of South Africa’s most respected personalities who came to partake in the activities while contributing their skills and sharing their valued time with these aspiring young minds.
The artist, who also generously gifts all the proceeds of his art work to the improvement and support of disadvantaged communities and youth education initiatives, such as Lalela, shared the spirit by donating soccer balls much to the delight of renowned Ajax Cape Town player, Travis Graham and his fiancé, Kaylin Jacobs, who had a field day showcasing his dribbling skills and sharing his passion for the sport with the excited kids. Renowned comedian and television personality, Sivuyile ‘Siv’ Ngesi, who was the designated goal-keeper for the day, made sure that the young guests were kept entertained.
The highlight of the day came when the philanthropic artist handed over one of his incredible artwork pieces, ‘Exotic, from ‘The Gift of Water’ exhibition’ to South African Olympic Gold Medallist and swimming icon, Ryk Neethling, who expressed his appreciation for the gift while highlighting his very strong connection to water. The artwork was given as a token of SaySay’s appreciating of the athlete’s contribution to water sports which uses a natural resource, which SaySay.Love holds to the greatest value.
“As we approach the end of the year, one needs to look within and reflect on what is important. We all have a responsibility to look after each other, no matter where you come from, or how young or young you are, we all need each other”, he says.
He also says that as someone who has come full-circle in his career, coupled with a successful background as an entrepreneur, giving back to those in need is not only incredible for oneself, but reminds us that humanity is a powerful thread that contributes to the amplification of a more progressive, socially developed and united society.
The artist concedes that the incredible work done by the Lalela Art Project team, and all who participated on this day, could not have chosen a better time to display such an incredible act of heart. “These are exemplary human beings and exceptional thought leaders who moved all of us and the attendees with their passion and absolute relentlessness in their efforts to be the difference, “concludes SaySay.
For more information on the artist and his latest exhibition, “The Gift of Water, Chapter Two” at AVA, Cape Town from 28 December 2017–13 January 2018, visit https://saysay.love/.