2022 forced us to reboot with a smaller, toned-down Pink Loerie Festival due to COVID-19 regulations and restrictions, but we made it – this year, we’re hosting our 22nd edition!
We would like to request your input and suggestions on how we can improve and increase visitors and directly your bed nights – email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Pink Loerie 2023”
While we on the subject of requests, If you would like to contribute any item, accommodation vouchers, artwork, hampers, auction items or donations, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com with subject “Donatons”
Thank you to every person who placed an advert, made a donation, provided products and offered assistance and auction items. None of this would’ve been possible without your help. I do apologise in advance if, for some reason, I’ve missed a person or company, but our gratitude goes out to the following people and companies for their continued support and belief in our brand and cause:
Executive Mayor of Knysna, Councillor Levael Davis
Personal Assistant to Executive Mayor of Knysna, Kirsty Hofhuis
Richard Meyer and support staff
Murro-Wayne Spies and support staff
Anthony Bans and support staff
Pamela Booth and support staff
Noxolo Mcothama and Brian Cornelius
Garden Route District Municipality
The GRDM Speaker, Alderlady Georlene Wolmerans
Executive Mayor, Alderman Leon van Wyk
Cllr Jackie von Brandis
Chief Communications Officer – Herman Pieters
East Region DA LGBTQIA+
Cllr Jackie von Brandis
CEO – Ms Stander
Events Administrator – Zothando Tsulo
Keagon Borchards, Thozeka Sikali and Hanlie de Villiers
CEO – Patty Butterworth
Knysna Ziplines – SA Forest Adventures
Offshore Adventures Diving with Seals
Naming Rights Sponsor
Villa Castollini – Dirk and Sonia Claassen. Thank you for always opening your doors to us and for the abundance of love towards the LGBTQIA+ community and us.
In Association with Sponsors
Men International South Africa – Rudi du Toit
ETC-ZONE Centurion – Christo de Beer
Jacaranda LGBTQIA+ Pride
Official and Preferred Venue
Villa Castollini – Dirk and Sonia Claassen, Carin, Shadi, Quinton, Ashley, Tersia, Rose and Porcia.
L&L Catering – Chef George Beyl
ECOZEST – DP Ferreira and Hannes Stander
Masters of Ceremony
Leigh Myles and De Wet Mickey Louw
Bar and Waiter Staff
Benjamin B Mazeka and his staff
Sound and Staging
Brilliant Events – Mikey, Dudley, Chad, Eldeo and Vuyani
Special Guest Artist Courtesy of Marshall Arts Talent
Cassa Jackson (London-based singer-songwriter with a soulful edge) and Mom Tina, thank you for making the journey to South Africa and fitting in with our crazy schedule.
Guest of Honour
Shanon Kannigan, Mr Gay World™ South Africa 2021 and family. Thank you for sharing the event with us and making new memories.
Villa Castollini – Mark and Jackie Stevens
Knysna Pride and Street Party – Frontier Medix
Knysna Provincial Hospital – Dr Brink and Vinette Ruiterson
Life Knysna Private Hospital – Carmen Grobler
Western Cape Department of Health – Keith Kleinhans
Official and Preferred Vehicle Partner
Mahindra South Africa
Safety and Security
South African Police Service Knysna – Col De Wet and support staff
Knysna Traffic Department – Mr Anthony Barns and support staff
Knysna Fire Department – Mr Spies and support staff
Management Team – Michael Simon and Ashley Boetius
Supervisor Introduction and training – Leon Koch
Team on duty – Samantha Mlanjeni, Chris Nquma, Analo Ngqmshe and Sinxolele Sihola
Cheryl Brits and team
Villa Castollini – Sonia Claassen
Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa – Roxanne Marais
The Lofts Boutique Hotel – Peter Siebert
Rexford Manor – Ri-Han de Jager-Craven
Knysna Wayside Inn – Brent Hicks
Gooderson Knysna Chalets – Cheryl Gooderson Otto
Southern Sun The Cullinan – Jacques Moolman
Official and Preferred 2022 Restaurants
Olde’s Pub and Grill Restaurant – Priscilla and team
Oaks on Main – Margot and team
Ten on Queen Street – Helena and team
The Oysters Edge – Gary and Rene Atkinson, Mike and Kirsty Hofhuis
Write Touch Communications – Jacques Marais
Gay Pages – Rubin van Niekerk
Mambaonline.com – Luiz De Barros
Action Ads (Julie, after 12 years, we finally met)
Brandfundi – Michelle Cavé – Public Relations
Media and Interviews
You FM – You with The Boys with presenters: Pat
Cash, Kamo Gee and Bingo
Expresso Morning Show – SABC 3
SABC News with Sagree Chetty and Sphiwe Hobasi
Graphic Designer, Magazine Layout, Social Media and Psychologist
Designerart – Natasha Ungerer
Dragon Consulting – Rob, Michelle and team
Michael Hilton Hofhuis Photography – Mike Hofhuis
Rudi du Toit Photography – Rudi du Toit
Thank you to the following individuals and or organisations
Mahindra Centurion – Stefan Smit
Licence to Travel – Henk Smit
AH Productions – Hermann Winter-Greyling
Bidfood – Louise Carter
Shabby Fufu Lifestyle Farm – Werner Erasmus LeGrange
Sedgefield Craft Brewery – Gordon McKean
Mortlock Distillery – Gregory Visser
Fanglasstic – Robin Kittles, Willem Basson and Vicky Matthyse
Nel Art – Luan Nel
GOLD Restaurant – Cindy Muller and Lita Brits
Characters Signs George – Greig
Super Rent – Sheree Raubenheimer and driver
ABI – Bridgette Wessels
Impi Wire – Ronny Elias
Painting donations – Shirley Howells
Freeze Flame Media – Chris de Villiers
The Head Explorer Catamaran – Rika Fourie
Birthday Cakes – Vanessa Aylward
Cavanagh & Richards Attorneys
Night in Shining Armor – Danie Munnick
Limited Edition Pink Loerie 22nd Edition Dolls – HJB Handmade
And last but not least
Thank you to my fellow committee members, Carin de Jager, Ri-Han de Jager-Craven and Jacques Marais for all your hard work. Johann, you have stood by me during this event with unwavering support.
This project has its challenges, but you have remained patient and present. I am so appreciative.
One thing is sure: we became masters of changing venues and routes on number 99 – not by choice but due to circumstance.
It has been rewarding to deliver food to much-needed soup kitchens in support of the town of Knysna, its residents and surrounding areas over the past two years. We intend to maintain these efforts to make a positive difference.
To honour one of the organisers during our annual VIP Dinner for her selflessness and what she does for her community, was also a very special experience.
Pink Loerie Magazine
We are proud to release the long awaiting 22nd Special Edition Pink Loerie Magazine, our late release is based on the overwhelming interest in businesses showing support n being a part of this milestone issue.
After lock down difficulties this issue brings us back as we celebrated the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival loud and proud to make up for the last years lost to the lock down.
This issue is dedicated to giving businesses who have supported us the opportunity to tell their stories and showcase their businesses.
A thank you to DesignerArt & Graphics for the design and layout of this awesome issue!
Pink Loerie Organising Committee
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