The Countdown to Style, Transformation in Cape Town Continues for Mark Brunetz and Design Without Borders

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One of America's most watched television home designers is now counting the hours until he lands in South Africa and officially becomes an international ambassador of style. Design Without Borders, a U.S. based operation founded and directed by Mark Brunetz, who is known worldwide as the interior designer on The Style Network's Emmy nominated series Clean House, is all set to conduct a good will makeover in South Africa, September 25-30, 2009.

The partnership with DWB will not only give a better place of operation to the vendors of The Big Issue but also a foundation for a brighter future.

One of America's most watched television home designers is now counting the hours until he lands in South Africa and officially becomes an international ambassador of style.

Design Without Borders, a U.S. based operation founded and directed by Mark Brunetz, who is known worldwide as the interior designer on The Style Network's Emmy nominated series Clean House, is all set to conduct 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 project in partnership with South African corporations Builders Warehouse and Furnish Homestyle. And one lucky person will also be awarded a "Dream Room Makeover Package" at a reception for invited guests and media at the reveal of The Head Office makeover on Monday, September 28th as a result of a country wide texting campaign.

According to Abrie Kruger, who is spearheading the project with Brunetz in South Africa, "In addition to the generosity of sponsors like Indawo and ABSA Bank and media sponsor Tuis & Home, people across the country are doing their part in a fundraising SMS campaign 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."    

"With months of preparation now behind us, I am excited to serve the clients of The Head Office and provide them with a space that helps these men and women in transition" says Brunetz, who has been involved with dozens of charity organizations during the past two decades. "Along with my team, celebrated Los Angeles artist Donna Marie Kent and noted photographer Chris Pate, our vision is to create a space that uplifts these people and empowers them to flourish in the next chapters of 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.

"Mark is a world-renowned designer and we are very excited to have been chosen for a makeover," says The Big Issue managing director, Trudy Vlok. "We are grateful to Mark and all of the additional sponsors including KLM Airlines, Intellibuild, Sun International, Flight Centre/Liberty Travel and Aluminum Window Industries (AWI) Cape Town who're making this possible." According to Lorraine Tshabalala from Builders Warehouse, "The partnership with DWB will not only give a better place of operation to the vendors of The Big Issue but also a foundation for a brighter future."

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.

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. Now in its 8th season, 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 at home. 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 will release his first design book with Penguin Publishing in May 2010.

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.

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

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