A SARMIETHON Challenge will be held by Ladles Of Love on 24 November at the Jetty 2 venue at the V&A Waterfront, inviting all corporates, families and groups of friends to join in the fun and raise food and funds for those in need. Teams of eight will battle against each other to make the greatest number of sandwiches over eight hours in tag-team style, offering a fun and exciting team-building activity in Cape Town all while doing good.
Founder of the Ladles of Love organisation, Danny Diliberto says, “The Sandwich Drive was born in the peak of the pandemic where people made sandwiches and boiled eggs from home. These ready-made sandwiches and eggs would be collected and distributed to our network of beneficiaries across the Cape Peninsula, helping feed more undernourished children and people than ever before.
“The movement exploded into a hugely successful campaign with 4.9 million sandwiches distributed to our soup kitchens serving struggling communities across the Cape Peninsula. These simple sandwiches have become a lifeline for beneficiaries in the community. With the help of our partners Coronation Fund Managers, V&A Waterfront, Blue Ribbon and Rhodes Quality we are staging a Sarmiethon and invite you to help us reach our target of 50 000 sarmies on World Sandwich Day and 5 million sarmies since lockdown.”
Coronation is supporting this campaign because hunger is a critical issue that it cares about deeply says Wendy Bergsteedt, Group Head of Marketing and CSI. “The reality is that an estimated 30 million people in South Africa are food insecure and 10 million suffer real hunger daily. In Cape Town the sad reality is that about 14 300 people lived on the streets in 2020, almost triple the number from the year before, according to a recent study. Hunger, homelessness and desperation skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic and we’re not out of the woods yet.
“Yes, donor fatigue is setting in, but as a society we can’t afford to stop caring. Every small effort adds up, and we can make a difference, because we are #strongertogether. It’s for this reason that Coronation remains committed to the cause of hunger relief, and why we are supporting the wonderful Ladles of Love Sarmiethon campaign.”
You can join the Sarmiethon by visiting Ladles Of Love where you can sign up a corporate team, a private team, or if you are unable to join a team, you can simply pay forward a sarmie for just R5. Blue Ribbon and Rhodes Quality are supplying all the bread and jam for the Sarmiethon. This challenge will be done with Covid-safety in mind. Foot-pedal sanitising stations, compulsory face-masks, and social distancing practices will all be followed and enforced throughout the day.