Kirsten Wilkins

Age: 41
From: Cape Town, South Africa

About Kirsten

Kirsten Wilkins is a freelance urban designer and architect in Cape Town. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Masters in city planning and urban design and, after working in New York and locally as an architect, her focus moved to issues of design and social justice at a metropolitan scale.

Her design work and collaborative efforts are crafted to create a positive interface between authority and creative public engagement in the city. Translating urban design theory into usable tools for improving authentic city living and researching the parameters of Open Source Urban Design in the context of the African city, Kirsten strives to be authentic in understanding the lives and experiences of those she represents, and believes the most dangerous place to design a city is from a desk. As such, she is an avid bicycle commuter.
In 2017, Kirsten was selected as Unogwaja team member #54 and flys the shoOops flag proudly!
She is still wondering when Comrades can be done by bicycle…

After being part of Unogwaja 2017, I’m so excited to join the love train and keep up the momentum of fundraising and continuing to be a part of the amazing Unogwaja family!

This is not an event. And we are not event organisers

I view Unogwaja as the facilitator of a self-powered journey.

The culmination of the physical preparation, financial fundraising and numerous conversations moving people to a place of understanding and support are where the real work lies. It’s bound to be an incredibly demanding end celebration, but those 11 days of courage are just that, a facilitated celebration of very determined efforts before we set off on day one.

I really appreciate the first day bicycle ride set off where others can join in. It underscores the very collaborative and transversal effort required get to the startline and is indeed an amazing picture of the collaboration required to overcome societal hardships more generally.



Date Donated By Amount Twitter Account Comment
13 Sep 2016 Anonymous R100 -
11 Oct 2016Eric BuddR1436@ericmbudd
07 Dec 2016R1000Application Donation
29 Jan 2017Rob LeathernR1000Robleathern Good luck we love you!!!!
03 Feb 2017Mike KlinkR250mikeklinkctWell wishes Kirsten & Team Unogwaja
08 Feb 2017Daniel & SindisoR1000We're with you!
09 Feb 2017DeeR1000
14 Feb 2017Anton GroenewaldR500
23 Feb 2017Keith BuhrR500Well done Kirsten!! So proud of your challenge you setting yourself for such a great cause.
28 Feb 2017Andre FelixR250
09 Mar 2017Butler's PizzaR7000butlerspizzaSAViva Kirsten! Viva Unogwaja!
29 Mar 2017 Anonymous R4299 - (1660x2)+(89x11) *
09 Apr 2017Rob LeathernR500robleathern
01 May 2017Rockets DC 2016R2200
01 May 2017 Anonymous R270 -
02 May 2017Butler's PizzaR14000
11 May 2017R500
12 May 2017 Anonymous R650 -
21 May 2017Claudia ChennellsR200@contestedspacesHello Kirsten, Going to ride again and hope not to crash on the railway line. See you on Thursday!
24 May 2017Paul KrynauwR300
24 May 2017 Anonymous R3045 - Hamba kakuhle Kirsten, Hamba kakuhle Unogwaja
01 Jun 2017WiseyR420A donation from an incredible family. This is nearly R5,000 split evenly between you all. It is important to split this amount evenly between each of you, because each of you as a team have inspired this donation. The family donating are Rich and Kylie and their two daughters from Australia, they have avidly followed the story of Unogwaja over the last three years and given over R25,000 to date. It is a testament to Unogwaja 2017's ability to inspire. Keep charging legends!!
12 Jun 2017R5000Bike Art Auction