Today’s blog is courtesy of my daughter, Liliana Rose Morgan, aged 8…
Today has not been a great day or a bad day ,just a regular day.I went to my school and did some lovely handwriting then had a important assembly about Tanni Grey.We did our topic,world war two and went to break so I brought my lyrics of ROLLING IN THE DEEP (because there is A year three talent show so I am doing a solo song.) when I got inside, I started to not feel very good and I started to feel weak and have a headache.I had my lunch,which was BBQ chicken and rice.Then I went outside and then the bell rang,this means that we are going inside.That is all for today.But I can not believe that there is only 31 days until the olympics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!have a nice 2012 london people!!!!!!!!!!WHOA!!!!!!!!
last day in SA, a rush to make a note of the actions from all of our amazing meetings and then heading home. Pining for my fam, but aware that straight into meetings at Livity UK before I get those hugs. Watch out for a big SA reflection blog post coming soon - just no energy left today zzzzzzzz.
no day off for Gav and I as we sit coming up with ideas and solutions for banks, insurance companies, drinks brands, TV channels and more that will both give them business and brand benefit as well as a big dollop of social benefit to the young people of South Africa.
wonderful day hanging out in the office. Catching up with the team – Claire, Nick, Nkuli, Veshy and of course Gav at the helm. Gav and I gave a debrief of everything we had been up to during the week and I shared some reflections and observations. The team need to be ready to enter the next phase and they are so ready to do that – exciting times.
Night off and dinner with Gavin’s friends Joy and Phillip. Joy runs Ikamva Youth and Phillip is one of Gavin’s fellow Fellows of the Shuttleworth Foundation. Pizza, wine and laughs – just what we needed after such a big week.
Kick started the day with a meeting with impressive and passionate woman from Pearson Education. We shared with her how one of our most proud projects works in the UK www.spinebreakers.co.uk and we talked and talked and got more and more excited about the various things we could and should be doing together in SA. Watch this space.
Debrief on last nights event and a face to get the content edited and up on YouTube.
Sushi at The Codfather. yum.
Morning meeting with ABSA Bank in J/burg and then whizzed to the airport and back to Cape Town and the OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF LIVE MAGAZINE SA!
I’ll post a movie of the evening soon!
The best moment for me was when two of the young people from the magazine made speeches about their story and the role Live mag has played in their lives – you can’t make young people say this stuff, and it struck me how similar the stories were to those stories from young people I have heard time and time again over the decade we have been Livity. It was at the moment that I knew we were doing it right here – IT’S WORKING! WHOOP!
Bonkers full day of meetings, but we kicked off the day with a visit to Alexander, one of the oldest Townships in J/Burg. We visited a youth Centre there xxx and also met SK a guy whose organisation is about to start distributing Live for us in J/burg. What a brilliant way to start the day of business meetings, with a reality check and reminder about WHY we are doing this. Tiger Brands Foundation – Amazing and sustainable model for giving children breakfast before school – whilst training and equipping schools to hopefully exit and leave clear legacy and continuation - and move on to feed more children in more schools. Currently feeding 30K children every morning. Meetings with Ernst and Young and Google followed.
Land at 6.30 am and pretty much straight to work. It’s only the second time I’ve been to the Livity Africa office, but it feels familiar this time and full of friendly faces to quickly catch up with. Then we’re straight back to the airport late afternoon to fly to J/burg for 48 hours of meetings with brands based there.
Lovely lunch with Professor Alison Young, a friend of my fella Remi. Alison is studying the effects of street art and regeneration at the University of Melbourne and then quick goodbyes to the fam and off to Heathrow – heading to South Africa for a week with Gavin Weale and the Livity Africa crew. Very exited. What will the week bring us?
mentally and physically preparing for SA trip – realisation that this is the longest trip to SA I’ve done yet (8 days) and small anxiety sets in. It’s always difficult leaving the loved ones at home, despite being excited about the biz trip.