Explore the Upper Highway, find the ROCKS and WIN! Read the full article below to find out more…..
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It is the simple things in life that bring us joy – such as a child finding “treasure” whilst at the mall. When we find these simple joys, the onus is on us to ensure the ripple effect keeps going!
A recent post on Facebook in the Upper Highway Info community group is a testimony to the massive effect a small, random act of kindness can bring. After seeing this story, Alpine Volkswagen Hillcrest decided to “Rock the Ripple Effect of Kindness”
Brent White reached out to the Upper Highway Info Community Group in hopes of finding the kind soul that was leaving beautifully painted rocks around the community for others to find. At first the “Mystery Lady” did not respond as she in no way wanted the spotlight, but after someone commented suggesting the rocks were criminals targeting homes, Tammy van Niekerk decided to make herself known. Take a look at the original post below, or click on the image to view the full post and comments.
After seeing the beautiful rocks and how this small act of kindness had brought joy to so many, Alpine VW Hillcrest decided it was time to continue the Ripple Effect of Kindness and put together a “Community-Driven“ campaign that everyone can take part in and enjoy. Click here for the competition details
The team from See Upper Highway met with Tammy to find out why she was doing this!
An Interview with the Rock Painting Mystery Woman
Why did you start painting rocks and when did you paint the first rock?
“Art is a form of therapy that works for me. I have experienced great loss and trauma over the years. I have lost my brother, sister, father and husband. When my husband Andre died, a year ago already now, I painted the first rock. Painting the rocks is calming and relaxing. I went through an awful time after my husband passed away; I simply couldn’t sleep or close my eyes without horrible visions of his death! So I would sit up half the night painting. Every time I create a new rock it is as if I am parting with a small piece of the pain within me and forming that pain into something beautiful that will bring others joy. Some of the rocks are happy; some sad, all with their own unique quirks”
What did you think after you saw the facebook post?
“I didn’t want to own up to it. I wanted to remain anonymous and some guy wrote that it made him nervous. SO thought it best to make myself known. I had a real giggle when one of the Ensure Security Guards mentioned he had seen a young girl placing the rocks… Nice to know I still look young! “
Why did you start placing them around the community?
“I love gardening and painting! SO decided to turn my painted rocks into a game for my kids. I would place a few rocks around the garden and every so often a quirky painted face is discovered peeping out the petunias. The kids LOVE IT! One day my elderly mother insisted I did something, ANYTHING, with the rocks, as the garden and house were piling up pretty fast! So I placed about 50 rocks on verges and other areas in and around Hillcrest. Hoping that they find a happy home and bring smiles to the community.”
This must be an expensive hobby, what does it cost to do a rock?
“Well, the thing is, I have had to find my own rocks to paint as rocks are really expensive. As a widowed mother of 3 with my elderly mother living with me, I, unfortunately, have to walk the streets for my rocks and save every penny for my paint.”
What are some of your other artistic accolades?
“I did paint a few rocks for the Durban Rocks Initiative. Other work I have done is the Recycled Flowers for the Intellectual Property Exhibition held at the Artisan gallery organised by Umcebo Design. I have also done some collaborative work with Umcebo design; a chandelier made of recycled materials that headed off to Crete for the annual recycling conference. I have also worked with Robin Opperman of Umcebo design with the Butterfly Chandeliers for the AIDS Awareness Campaign. My garden is also home to SYD, The Bottle Top Man by Umcebo Design. I was included in the block project with other artists with Umcebo design which is now at the Dennis Hurley Center. Clifton Schools booked me to do a Recycling Art Workshop which I really enjoyed, I would love to do more artwork with kids. Art is so important, really a fantastic form of therapy.”
Can people order their own customized rocks?
“Yes, most definitely. I have had a few orders for rocks, seems people do really love them! I can sell little rocks for around R25 and medium rocks around R45, all customized to your requirement!”
What do you think of the New Alpine VW Rocks Campaign?
“I Absolutely love how far the ripple effect of kindness goes. I think it’s great that Alpine VW is so community driven. This campaign is a great way for the community to have some fun hunting for rocks! I am very grateful to Alpine VW Hillcrest”
Interested in talking to Tammy? Send us an email and we will put you in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpine VW Rocks Competition
Find the rocks and WIN with #AlpineVWRocks
More than 50 rocks have been placed at select venues around the Upper Highway Area. The more rocks you find and post online the more chances you stand of winning! If you find 50 rocks you go into the GRAND PRIZE DRAW.
How to enter:
1. Gather your mates and GET EXPLORING around the Upper Highway to FIND THE ROCKS!
2. Take a photo with the rock you’ve found
3. Post your pic to Facebook and check in at the venue you found it. Be sure to include the hashtags:
#AlpineVWRocks and #SeeUpperHighway
4. Like the Alpine VW Hillcrest Facebook Page
5. Like the See Upper Highway Page
HINTS ON LOCATION OF THE ROCKS AND PRIZES WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEEKLY ON THE
SEE UPPER HIGHWAY FACEBOOK PAGE
This campaign will run from 01st Feb 2019 until 29th May 2019, Winners will be announced on the 01st June 2019.
Want to get your establishment involved? Join the Alpine VW Rocks Campaign and enjoy the benefits of online marketing and high foot traffic to your establishment, click here to submit your details for participation.