On Sunday 14 January 2018, Johannesburg based Leukaemia survivor – Ray Funnell will set off on an epic journey to the Andes Mountains in an attempt to summit Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America. The extreme altitude of 6,962m (22,840ft) means the ascent will be gradual and will take about 2 weeks, but if all goes well, the team will summit on Ray’s birthday – 29 January. Now 10 years post-transplant, Ray was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia (AML) in 2006 after noticing a bruise on his arm wasn’t healing. Due to his prognosis, the best solution was to look for a stem cell donor. Fortunately for Ray, his only sibling was a perfect match and he received a stem cell transplant in the beginning of 2007. The journey since then has been very eventful, with a relapse, chemo sessions, blood transfusions and isolation wards inbetween. However, fuelled with a new lease on life, Ray lives by the motto: Never lose your dream. He has since summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus in Russia and Mt Vinson in Antarctica with his son Jayson. This will be his second attempt at summiting Aconcagua, which his son managed to bravely complete on their last attempt. “The symbolic gesture of taking The Sunflower Fund banner to the summit is my way of saying THANK YOU to all blood stem cell donors,” says Ray. “I hope that the publicity from this climb will encourage family, friends and everyone living in South Africa to help save lives by committing to becoming blood stem cell donors.” Ray continued. Ray has set himself the target of raising R22 840.00 for The Sunflower Fund - R100 for every 100ft climbed. The Sunflower Fund recruits potential blood stem cell donors and raises funds to pay the R2500.00 tissue-typing test cost per donor required in the recruitment process. To support Ray in his mission, visit his cause page on Given Gain to make a donation. For more information about The Sunflower Fund or to register as a stem cell donor call 0800 121082 . . .
Join us for Food Truck Fridays, every first Friday of the month starting 2 February Enjoy an evening filled with a host of Food Trucks, crafted drinks, brand activations and live music Tickets are free and available now from Quicket Johannesburg has been blessed with beautiful sunny days and there is no better way to enjoy our city than in the scenic surroundings of our inner cities, parks and obscure locations. After a long hard week at the office, grab your friends on the first Friday of every month and head down to the culinary delights of Food Truck Fridays with the first of the 2018 lineup happening on 2 February, 2018. Come and experience the amazing culinary delights from some of the best food trucks in the business with special appearances from local craft beers, craft gin and much more, while enjoying the subtle sounds of live music from artists such as Jaryd Smith, Kyle September, Mash’d Potatoes and many more over the year. You can expect to see appearances from Snorting Boar Smoker, The Knickerbocker Ice Cream Co., Pizza Stroller, The Gatsby Station, Al’s Chuck Wagon, Coffee from Mobile Coffee Café and many more. To top if off, why not grab a draft from one of the featured craft breweries such as Darling Brew, 5 Skippas, Eish Tea, Growler Brewing Co., Copperlake, Leaky Tap Brewery, RIOT Beer, Dragon Brewing Co., Hazeldean Brewing Co., Brewhogs, Drifter Brewing Co., Soweto Gold, Red Rock Brewing Co., Garagista Beer Co., Erdinger, Salitos and a host of other beverages such as gin, rum and soft drinks for the kids. Tickets are free and online bookings are required to access the event. You can get your hands on these limited tickets now from Quicket.co.za. Event Info: Food Truck Fridays Date: Friday, 2 February (and then the first Friday every month thereafter) Venue: Venue info to be announced via the official Facebook page Gates Open 5pm Ticket Link: http://qkt.io/ULBdfx TICKET PRICES: GENERAL ADMISSION: . . .
Students skilled in everything from animation and design to web development at Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), are stocking up on snacks and plenty of coffee in preparation for the annual 48-hour Global Game Jam, taking place on 26-28 January 2018 at Vega’s Jo’burg and Cape Town campuses. Vega Game Jam is part of Global Game Jam® (GGJ), the world’s largest event of its kind, taking place at various locations around the globe. Considered a ‘hackathon focused on game development’, the event sees some of the greatest young minds coming together to share their creativity and create unique video game experiences – in no more than 2 days. While it is compulsory for second-year Vega students to attend, the School also invites programmers, animators, artists and designers who have a keen interest in taking their first big steps into the exciting world of game development. Vega will also host a series of workshops to provide insight into some of the mechanics of the development process, including helpful how-to tips on creating the various complex components that make up a game. For more information on the Vega Game Jam and how to register you can visit the Global Game Jam site. If you’d like to find out more about The IIE BCIS Game Design and Development qualification available to study at Vega. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
https://youtu.be/EgSVGEdRxFY Before capturing ideas we all have a different ritual of thinking: some people swing their Jotter like a pendulum, others might turn it between their fingers, everyone has their own Rhythm of Writing. From: Leanne Drysdale More Info here: http://www.parkerpensa.co.za CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
Did you know that Johannesburg has more than 2 300 parks and over 10 000 hectares of green nature experiences? Instead of purchasing expensive airline tickets and hotel stays, why not substitute your summer vacation for a "staycation". "Staycations" have become increasingly popular and offer the most cost-effective and time-saving alternative. The City of Joburg has abundant recreational facilities and is offering exciting activities throughout the festive season. Says Jenny Moodley, Spokesperson of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “The trick to enjoying a “staycation” is to deviate from daily routines and truly make it a vacation by putting together an itinerary of things to do” To encourage you and your family to enjoy a Joburg “staycation” this summer, we’ve put together the following tips: 1. Spend time with the kids or organise a babysitting trade-off. Johannesburg Zoo is currently running an ‘Animals @ Play' programme which aims to stimulate the animals' physical and psychological health. During the activity, a variety of fun toys are given to each animal including balls smeared with elephant dung for the lions and frozen fruit for chimps to name a few. Not only is this a fun activity for visitors to the Zoo to see, it's also very important for the stimulation of the animals kept at the Zoo. During your baby-sitting trade-off have the children report to one designated parent or parents for a planned outing, leaving the other parents to enjoy some alone time. Children are naturally curious and creative. Delta Park is home to the Delta Environmental Centre, where a wide range of fascinating wildlife-related courses are offered to adults and children. This includes holiday programmes for children between the ages of 6 and 13. 2. Get your bike out or take a hike. Whether it’s a walk, jog or bicycle ride, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has several walking and hiking trails. Looking for a great location? Visit the James and Ethel Gray Park on Atholl . . .
https://youtu.be/TonlUU57SSE Church of Scientology caps season of expansion with dynamic Grand Opening in northern hills of the “City of Gold”—Johannesburg. Out of the shadow of the past a new generation is rising up, making a voice for themselves and creating a land defined by freedom of expression and spiritual awareness—a new South Africa. Historically acknowledged as the Cradle of Humankind and now known for its inescapable, vigorous energy, a once divided Johannesburg (Joburg) continues to be on the forefront of unified change. As one of the top 50 cities in the world in terms of both size and commerce, this pan-African capital is home to many creative and cultural forces—individuals and organizations set upon cutting a better and brighter path to community success. That spirit of innovation and new hope was resonant on a warm Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg North as over 1,500 Scientologists and guests gathered to dedicate the city’s stunning Church of Scientology on the hills of Randburg. In commemorating the occasion, Mr. David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, welcomed those in attendance in light of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s (LRH) wishes to infuse a segregated South Africa with sanity and guidance more than 50 years ago: “Should anyone ask what it means to follow an LRH dream from ‘One Man, One Vote’ to One Nation, One Purpose and from African power to African pride and Africa forever to Africa alive, well, all you have to do is consider those words ‘eternally Africa’ and ‘endlessly Africa,’ because herein lies our Lion’s Gate to Infinity’s door.” The Grand Opening ceremony was accented with creativity and vibrant expression, led by the magical sounds of Djembe drums mixed with traditional dancers and the melodies of a local choir. The festivities soon evolved into a chorus of dignitaries from all over Johannesburg and Gauteng—welcoming the Church and forecasting a propitious future upon the . . .
Visit Free Lotto Fest today for completely free and 100% legal lotto-style games South Africans can't stop talking about the latest lotto craze to hit the internet; Free Lotto Fest is here and we're ready to make you a millionaire. With already over 1,000 winners on record, Free Lotto Fest is geared up to take 2018 by storm by awarding even more South Africans with life-changing cash prizes. Visit Free Lotto Fest Here Free Lotto Fest players have the chance to play twice in 7 different lotto-style games everyday, that's 14 chances at winning a prize and two chances to play for the R12 million jackpot. You read that right; you get two completely free chances to play for R12 million everyday! Enter into a Free Lotto Fest draw in three easy steps: Step 1: Register your free account Step 2: Pick your lucky numbers in each of the 7 draws Step 3: Check your numbers the next day to see if you've won Want an even easier way to play Free Lotto Fest? Sign up for a WinFest subscription and all you need to do is sit back and wait for your riches to roll in. With a WinFest subscription we pick your numbers for you and notify you via phone call and email when you've won a prize. No more logging in everyday, no more forgetting a draw and no more hassles of checking your numbers daily! So what are you waiting for? Visit Free Lotto Fest here and you could be a multi-millionaire by this time tomorrow! If you have any further questions please drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Free Lotto Fest Is Already Making South Africans Rich here: https://www.freelottofest.com/ . . .
Meet and make new friends on Moghozi Chat Rooms website. This is the latest local Chat Room to enter the social media scene in Southern Africa with thousands of users already registered. You can chat and meet new people build friendships and relationships. There are chat rooms with specific topics like politics,religion, TV shows like Muvhango, Skeem saam Isibaya etc, news and current affairs and romance and love. The social media platform comes with great features and functionalities like uploading photos and creating your own photo albums. Users can also upload videos and send private messages. The platform is very easy to navigate and very user friendly! One of the perks of this network is that visitors can also browse the website content without logging in or registering. Join BABBLEFORUM https://www.babbleforum.com and become part of Mzansi’s growing online community. YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rci5rUhWdr0 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Join the new South African Chat Rooms website here: https://www.babbleforum.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/babbleforum Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BabbleForum . . .
Sandton City, Johannesburg – On 6 December 2017 Salvatore Ferragamo revealed their brand new collection to a few elite press members, influencers and VIP clients at their boutique in Diamond Walk Sandton City. Guests were welcomed by a violinist, cocktails and canapés that put everyone in the right mood for the festive season and in celebration of the hand crafted Italian couture which has just hit the shelves – and what a collection to celebrate. The collection once again demonstrates why Ferragamo is globally positioned as a luxury lifestyle brand rooted in footwear and leather goods. Over and above the fact that the craftsmanship of each and every product can be appreciated to be of the highest quality, the collection itself is breathtaking. It spans from pumps in every colour you can imagine to fashionable and detailed handbags in all shapes and sizes for the ladies. The male collection excels in especially the shoes which varies from casual and modern to fashionable and stylish. The friends of the brand who celebrated the new collection included Vicky Crease, Chris Jaftha, Ryan Enslin and Kefilwe Mabote who showed off their stylish Ferragamo footwear, scarves and handbags. The new collection also includes various accessories, purses, wallets and hand painted silk scarves with the most exquisite colours and patterns to add glamour to any outfit. Paul Andrew was recently appointed as Creative Director and his input is demonstrated with crystal precision and success in Ferragamo footwear. He has a sensitivity for the essential codes and values of the Ferragamo house, and is able to recast and reassert them with an exciting, modern energy. Be on the lookout for Andrew’s debut in the women’s collection for Ferragamo, all categories, which will be presented for the Fall/Winter 2018/2019 season. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Business leaders and financial institutions were invited to the South African launch of ‘BANKEX’, a decentralised Bank-as-a-Service model of enterprise (BaaS) which has garnered significant attention from private and institutional investors globally. This BANKEX model is held by BKX company. The introduction of this cryptocurrency was hosted by the BANKEX international team members at various venues across the country. A Top 50 FinTech company which has been ranked as one of the ‘top 10 most anticipated Token Sales (‘ICO’ or initial coin offering) in the world’ by Entrepreneur Magazine, BANKEX is currently engaging with potential investors regarding their current business projects and future global developments. The BANKEX token sale – which is running from 28 November 2017 for public sale with 280 000 reserved for institutional investors at a token price of around 500 BKX worth 1 ETH. An impressive 20+ million USD was raised within the first day of ICO with more than 25+ million USD brought in since. “There has been overwhelming interest since the token sale went live in November and we’re excited about the prospects this financial innovation offers South Africa,” said Igor Khmel, CEO at BANKEX. “We have ensured that all resources acquired during our token sale will be used to bring about success for all stakeholders involved. This success is further underscored by our mission to remain transparent and fully resourced, constantly expanding our team of world-class employees.” Khmel, who heads up the dynamic team, holds two degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science as well as being an Honours Graduate from Stanford Business School. He has extensive experience in the financial sector, having worked at top institutions including McKinsey & Company, Citadel LLC and Deloitte. Khmel also created and headed up the Innovation Lab at Sberbank – one of the top banks worldwide. He, and his equally qualified team, works with . . .