Donegal’s famous baker Breezy Willow Kelly was overwhelmed by a surprise gift this week when a brand new oven landed at her door.Breezy, the driving force behind the “Bake Bread for Peace”, was left speechless when Irwin Expert Electrical made a delivery of a new cooker last Friday afternoon.With her own cooker a little worse for wear after so many uses, the brand new appliance was a thoughtful gift arranged by two good friends and neighbours who benefitted from Breezy’s wonderful attitude to life. Breezy Willow receives a new cooker from Irwin Expert ElectricalAs they say: “One good turn deserves another”, and even if the many good turns are so many that you have no meaningful way to repay them, Breezys good friends and neighbours, Anne Frances Long and Susan O’Donnell wanted to do something to repay kindness to her after she so kindly helped them over the past number of months.Born and bred in Glenties, a baker, poet and story maker, Breezy started a worldwide movement three years ago which really rose in popularity. “Bake Bread for Peace” was a way she knew she could heal people in times of sorrow and in difficult times for families and local communities.Anne Frances said: “Breezy came and with her good humour, cooking skills to make sure everyone was fed and she literally just kept everyone going. She always arrives and leaves quietly with no fuss, just there to help others. “How do you ever repay that type of kindness and thank someone for that without being asked? I went around to her house to visit her to thank her personally and noticed that the oven that she uses to bake all day everyday had a broken door and she had a chair against it to keep it closed.” Afterwards both Anne Frances and Susan contacted Irwin Expert Electrical in Letterkenny, told them their stories and all about Breezy and they were delighted to respond by saying of course they would help by supplying a new cooker for Breezy.Breezy Willow receives a new cooker from Irwin Expert ElectricalBreezy herself had a difficult upbringing, and she said the only place she felt secure was in the kitchen when her mother was baking bread. Her mother was a master baker and the smell of freshly baked bread was the aroma of peace which made her feel safe. Breezy wanted others to feel this across the world, and so “Bake Bread for Peace” began. Now, people all over the world come together to spend some time in the kitchen, enjoying some therapeutic baking and time together.Breezy’s aim was that no matter where you are in the world, just invite people to your home for an evening of baking and talking.Now, with a brand new cooker installed in her own kitchen, Breezy will be able to enjoy even better baking.Breezy Willow with her friends Anne Frances and SusaThere were hugs, laughs and tears last Friday when Breezy opened the door to see the Irwin Expert Electrical’s Van parked outside and the delivery man leaving off a large box wrapped in a big red bow. Little did she know that for her, Christmas really could come early. She just couldn’t believe the kindness that her neighbours and Irwin Expert Electrical had shown to her.Just what Breezy kneaded! Christmas comes early for amazing Glenties woman was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bake bread for peacebreezy willow kellyGlentiesIrwin Expert Electrical
A group of homeless people living on the streets of Johannesburg have found their true calling in theatre. With the help of a dedicated teacher, the group is taking Shakespeare to the streets, using his words to tell their stories.Acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould and her Johannesburg Awakening Minds students use Shakespeare to find their voices and contribute to society. (Image: Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page)CD AndersonFounded in 2012 by South African actress and acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould, the Johannesburg Awakening Minds (JAM) theatre group comprises homeless men and women living on the inner city streets of Johannesburg.The group began as an acting therapy class in Hillbrow, with the intention, as Gould writes on her website, of “[letting] individuals feel that they had the right to speak, the right to be seen and the right to tell their stories in a city which has been very cruel to them”.Classes include vocal training, theatre stagecraft and creative writing exercises. The students quickly began finding their voices in the works of William Shakespeare, with many of them starting to recite some of the Bard’s most famous soliloquies on street corners as their own performance pieces.In Shakespeare, Gould writes, the actors found that “[the words] of Macbeth and Titus were speaking about their pain and that the plays were huge receptacles that could hold all the emotions that they needed to release: the rage, the feelings of abandonment; they began to flex again their intellectual muscle, to debate, have opinions and to become a team that support each other and watch each other’s backs, not only on the streets, but on stage.”The group has performed on stage intermittently since 2013, including performances at the Johannesburg Arts Alive festival, at the Space.com event at the Johannesburg Theatre and as part of the Shakespeare Society of South Africa festival on radio station Classic FM.With their stage productions few and far between, most of the actors still live on the streets or in shelters, but they have found a continued inspiration in performing for the public on street corners. Some of the actors have moved into other artistic pursuits, such as painting, and selling their works at markets.Donations and sponsorships, as well any small profit from the group’s performances, have helped the JAM members slowly re-enter society, enabling some to open bank accounts, begin hawker businesses and help their families.Some of the rising stars of the JAM group have also found work in short student films and as extras in television productions.JAM member Thando Matodlana has been accepted to study at The Market Theatre Laboratory theatre school, while Sibusiso Magubane has acted in television commercials and is auditioning for speaking roles in local and international films being made in Johannesburg.Gould describes her students as “dedicated and passionate… the talent and growth they have displayed is truly inspirational. Proving that Shakespeare is not for the old, stuffy academic types and has a home in Africa.”For more information, join the Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page for photos and videos of the group in action.To support the initiative, contact Dorothy Ann Gould via her Triple Take Studios website here.Source: BBC, News24, Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook PageWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.