Plettenberg Bay’s Sabrina Love Foundation unveils new ‘angel wings’ art installation
The official unveiling of the Sabrina Love Foundation Angel Wings – a beautiful symbol of love, compassion and hope, took place mid-morning yesterday, Tuesday 21 December 2021 at Robberg 1 Beach in Plettenberg Bay. It was a day of sunshine, blue skies and smiling faces – something the Sabrina Love Foundation is well known for – and a vibrant performance by the Qolweni Choir.
Newly appointed Bitou Mayor, Dave Swart, members of the Bitou Municipality, Plett Tourism and the energetic Sabrina Love family were present to celebrate this iconic new outdoor artwork that is sure to become a photo-opportunity favourite with tourists. Caroline Melton Thorpe, of Black Swan Design, designed the elegant angel wings and the metalwork was completed by talented Cape Town sculptor, Charl Bothma. Throughout the unveiling and proceedings, one message was evident: a message of how we are all interdependent on each other for a beautiful life, a message of absolute inclusion.
The Sabrina Love Foundation, established in 2004, was set up to care for children with special needs and their families. Each year, the Sabrina Love Foundation turns Plett bright pink for the Sabrina Love Challenge to raise awareness and funds for their good work. The summer challenge has evolved over the years from an ocean swim and beach walk to include cycle routes, trail runs, paddles and a children’s event. However, in 2020, the Sabrina Love Challenge evolved again due to COVID to present a self-timed trail run and cycle that could be completed in entrant’s own time. This format change allowed the foundation to continue to raise funds while providing a series of exciting trails and plenty of fresh air for visitors to Plettenberg Bay during the summer season.
This year, the Sabrina Love Summer Challenge continues its 2020 format at the exquisite Kurland Estate with a series of trail runs and MTB routes through breathtaking indigenous forest, cool river crossings and mountain peaks with sweeping views. With routes ranging from 6km to 40km, and a Kids of Steel route, there is something to suit every athlete, family, and outdoor enthusiast. An enticing feature of this self-timed event is that there is one entry fee but entrants can ride or run as many times as they would like during the event dates: 26 – 30 December 2021.
Participants and visitors to Plettenberg Bay are encouraged to visit the sculpture and take a snapshot with the angel wings to share the positive message of Sabrina Love and the beauty of Plettenberg Bay.
IMAGE: Gabi Lubner, daughter of Sabrina Love Foundation founders, Tony and Suzy Lubner