Get blisters to feed a hungry child

Almost 12 000 people took part in last year's event.

Entries have opened for the 48th annual Blisters for Bread Charity Family Fun Walk, hosted by the Observatory-based Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA).

The event will be held at the Green Point Cricket Club on Sunday August 28, and this year there will be two routes along the Sea Point Promenade – a 10km walk that starts at 7.30am and a 5km walk that starts at 8am.

PSFA has called on everyone to join them in their battle against childhood hunger by entering this special family event at the cost of R50 a person.

Each entry fee will enable PSFA to provide 25 underprivileged school children with a nutritious cooked breakfast and lunch for a day.

Blisters for Bread, which was started in 1968 by concerned staff and pupils at Savio College in Lansdowne, and handed over to PSFA to manage, has grown from strength to strength and has become a highlight on the Cape Town events calendar.

Last year, more than 11 500 people entered Blisters for Bread and the event raised R579 700, enabling PSFA to provide 1 468 children with meals for a year. The organisation ensures nutritious cooked meals in the form of breakfast and lunch are provided to more than 28 000 young people at 155 institutions throughout the Western Cape.

PSFA has, to date, served more than 1.5 billion meals to underprivileged school children.

Over and above the ingredients supplied, PSFA also provides gas stoves, gas bottles, pots, plates, eating spoons and cooking utensils. PSFA empowers and trains members of the community, usually unemployed parents, to prepare and serve meals at each of the schools. Each volunteer is paid a monthly stipend.

Entries can be done online or the entry form downloaded at www.psfa.org.za

Entry forms can also be collected at PSFA’s offices at 47 Trill Road, Observatory; Top Events offices at 7 Koeberg Road, Maitland, or at selected Pick n Pay and Sportsmans Warehouse branches in the greater Cape Town area.

The closing date for groups and manual entries is Sunday August 7 and online entries, Wednesday August 17.

“If you are unable to walk Blisters for Bread this year, then PSFA encourages both Cape Town locals and the rest of South Africa’s public, businesses and schools to consider making a monetary contribution.

This can be done by logging onto the website www.psfa.org.za All donations made to PSFA go towards school feeding and are tax-deductible,” said PSFA fundraising manager Charles Grey.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people and organisations that have consistently supported this important event year after year. We are truly grateful to everybody for coming together with a common goal in mind, and that is to ensure that hungry children at school will continue to receive daily meals that assist with reducing their short-term hunger, increasing their attendance and performance and building their immune systems.”

For more information, contact Karen or Andrea at Top Events on 021 511 7130 or email info@ topevents.co.za