Coming together for a good cause this Mandela Day, South African Chefs Association (SACA) in conjunction with the World Chefs Tour Against Hunger (WCTAH) spent the day at the Alexandra branch of African Community Feeding Scheme (ACFS), which is one of the two centres that focuses on malnutrition.
ACFS assists the local community with daily food, as well as providing a day care service for malnourished children in the area who’ve been reported to the centre by social workers. The children are prepared for school and are monitored closely to make sure that they’re thriving.
To help out and give our time this Mandela Day, the SACA office split into groups; one of which helped make sandwiches and fill up bottles with milk for the daily collection by families in the area, another group helped the four and five year olds as they decorated cupcakes, and another helped with cooking the lunch for the children.
After the kids had enjoyed their lunch, they got their hands into the paint and decorated chefs’ jackets in bright hand prints – the chefs jackets will be put to good use and auctioned at the WCTAH gala dinner that is taking place in August. And the fun wasn’t over yet! Later in the day everyone sang happy birthday to Madiba and enjoyed a birthday cake made especially for the 94 year old legend.
Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield made a surprise visit to ACFS to assist us, and they both spent time with the kids decorating cupcakes, helping to make lunch and painting the chefs jackets with the kids. Another fantastic surprise was when the Alexandra community brass band – Bambanani came into the centre to entertain the kids with vibrant music.