Gombergs Work with Disabled Kids in Africa by taking their love of kites to the skies over South Africa
Representative David Gomberg and his wife Susan have just returned from South Africa where they regularly participate in a program to support severely disabled children in the townships around Cape Town. The kite festival there is a fund raiser for Cape Mental Health and over 20,000 people purchase tickets for the show. On days before the larger kite festival, the Gombergs bring their kites to Khayelitsha Township and do a special program for children there.
“These are disabled kids that live in homes with dirt floors, cardboard walls, and correlated metal roofs”, said David. “Frankly, I can’t begin to imagine what their lives are like. But the smiles on their faces when they take hold of a kite line are unmistakable.” The Gombergs have attended the Cape Town program nine times since 2002 and were named patrons of this largest kite festival in Africa.
“This is something special for us.” said Susan. “South Africa is a place of remarkable natural beauty, with a fascinating history and culture, and filled with wonderful people working hard to make a difference.” David added that one of his early and vivid memories of the country was being greeted by a shop owner who wished him “Happy Freedom Day”. When he inquired, David was told this was the 4th anniversary of the man’s ability to vote.
The Cape Town International Kite Festival raises funds and awareness for Cape Mental Health, the oldest mental health organization in Southern Africa. The Gombergs appeared on South African national television on the morning before the festival.
While in Cape Town (population four million) David and Susan appeared on a morning TV news program describing the event.
David and Susan own Northwest Winds Kites Stores and have organized performances with their larger “show kites” for Disney World, the Super Bowl, for motion pictures, and for kite events in 35 countries.