Mark Brunetz and Design Without Borders Set To Bring Style, Transformation to Cape Town

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The Style Network's highly visible home designer Mark Brunetz and his not for profit organization Design Without Borders will provide a first international good will makeover in Cape Town, South Africa, September 25-30, 2009.

The transformation to the Big Issue's office in Cape Town is an ideal first international makeover for Design Without Borders because thousands of men and women in transition make their way through this office every year. Our vision is to create a space that uplifts these people and empowers them to flourish in the next chapters of their lives.

While it makes perfect sense that one of America's most watched home designers would become an ambassador of style, the reality of the global impact Mark Brunetz is already having with his not for profit organization is a testament to the world's desire for clutter free, empowering living and work spaces.

Design Without Borders, a U.S. based operation founded and directed by Brunetz, who is known worldwide as the interior designer on The Style Network's Emmy nominated series Clean House, will be conducting a good will makeover in South Africa, September 25-30, 2009. The Head Office of the Big Issue, located on New Market Street, Woodstock, Cape Town has been designated the official recipient of this first international project by Design Without Borders in partnership with South African corporations Builders Warehouse and Boardmans.

"People ask me 'Why South Africa?' and I tell them I get to help millions of people here in the US everyday through Clean House and it's an opportunity to reach out beyond our borders," says Brunetz, who has been involved with dozens of charity organizations while working in the entertainment industry during the past two decades. "The transformation to the Big Issue's office in Cape Town is an ideal first international makeover for Design Without Borders because thousands of men and women in transition make their way through this office every year. Our vision is to create a space that uplifts these people and empowers them to flourish in the next chapters of their lives."

According to Abrie Kruger, who is spearheading the project with Brunetz in South Africa, "In addition to the generosity of local sponsors, one of the other keys to funding this good will makeover is a country wide texting campaign that DWB is running for one person to win a R100,000 room makeover package designed by Brunetz as a follow up to the good will makeover. Every element of the Design Without Borders trek to South Africa is tied to Brunetz's vision of the power of design and its ability to transform people's environments and their lives."    

Design Without Borders is committed to empowering people in developing areas of the world by transforming the spaces in which they work and live. This charitable organization relies on the generous partnership of individuals and businesses to supply financial support, goods and services vital to the makeover initiatives.

"A truly inspiring space can build self-esteem, create endless opportunities for personal growth and development and, above all, allow people to share their lives with others in ways they never knew possible'" adds Brunetz. "I started Design Without Borders as a way to share this message with as many people on the planet as possible. It's why I work in television and why I am penning a series of books on the subject." The Big Issue managing director, Trudy Vlok, says, "Mark is a world-renowned designer and we are very excited to have been chosen for a makeover. It will be a wonderful boost to vendor morale."

For more information about Mark Brunetz, Design Without Borders and the Big Issue's Head Office good will makeover in Cape Town, South Africa visit http://www.DesignWithoutBorders.org or http://www.MarkBrunetz.com.

Media Contact: Stellar Communications 1+818- 506-9132

About Mark Brunetz
Viewers around the globe know Mark Brunetz as the hip and savvy designer on Clean House, the #1 rated television show on The Style Network. Recently celebrating 100 episodes on the show, Mark has become one of most distinctive celebrity home designers today creating accessible, well-designed rooms for the masses. With a core audience of over 10 million viewers in the U.S. alone, Mark's unique approach has helped revolutionize how people decorate; all starting with the fundamental question, "How do you want to live?" At the creative helm of his LA-based design & production firm, Mark has collaborated with Hollywood's A-list, been featured in over 200 episodes of home improvement television and has launched his eponymous line of home furnishings on HSN. He travels extensively with a variety of national and international charities and is currently penning his first design book with Penguin Publishing.

About The Big Issue
The Big Issue is a non-profit, job creating, non-governmental organisation (NGO), launched in Cape Town 1996. It publishes a general interest 3 weekly magazine sold by a vendor force of unemployed, homeless and socially excluded adults. This is backed-up by a social development programme of vendor support, vocational, life and business skills training and guidance counselling, which aids them to move back into mainstream society. Critical to its job creating function is the The Big Issue's philosophy that actively encourages and equips vendors to 'move on' from the project and into mainstream society. For more information go to http://www.bigissue.org.za.

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