Staff and students at Stellenbosch University (SU) came together in the Neelsie on the Stellenbosch Campus on Friday (27 July 2018) to make 10 000 sandwiches at the annual Toasties for Tummies event. Organised by the student society Golden Key, it formed part of SU's Mandela Day celebrations.
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Toasties for Tummies was started not only to feed the less fortunate but also to help community feeding schemes and save them a day's food.
Organisations benefitting from the 2018 Toasties for Tummies include Love to Give, Child Welfare, Feeding in Action, the Kylemore Charity Foundation, the New Life Community Project, the New Superman, the Ark, the Kuyasa Youth Programme and the Night Shelter.
“This day is an opportunity for staff and students to network and socialise outside of the lecture rooms. People might wonder what a difference a sandwich makes to one's life but would be surprised at how much it matters to the beneficiaries," said Michelle Michelle Pietersen, Project Manager at the SU Division for Social Impact.
Echoing Pietersen's sentiments, Ms Rene Hector Kannemeyer, Head of the Maties Community Services, said: “Today was our responsibility to coordinate the activities around Mandela day, we chose food security as our focus because we know that we would be relieving a lot of organisations which provides food to students, pupils and people who do not have access to food on a daily basis."
Zabby Samsoedien, the owner of the company that has been supplying the initiative with French polony for over three years, said: “This is definitely not the last time we are working with Stellenbosch University. We have a good track record and all our products have been cleared and marked as safe to eat."
Stand-up comedian, actor, radio and television voiceover artist, Wayne McKay was the master of ceremonies at this year's event.