Scenic route helps feed a child

2015-06-30 06:00
Here are some of the people that the Peninsula School Feeding Association will be profiling in this year’s Blisters for Bread fun walk campaign, where the aim is also to raise awareness about the overall benefits of school feeding. People came from a

Here are some of the people that the Peninsula School Feeding Association will be profiling in this year’s Blisters for Bread fun walk campaign, where the aim is also to raise awareness about the overall benefits of school feeding. People came from a

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In a call for Cape Town to unite against hunger in schools the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) has announced its 47th annual Blisters for Bread charity family fun walk.

The fun walk will take place at the Green Point Cricket Club on Sunday 23 August.

This event, established in 1968 with the main purpose of raising funds to feed hungry school children, has become one of the highlights on the Cape Town events calendar.

The fun walk route will start at the Cape Town stadium, loop along the Promenade and end with its usual fun, food and festivities at the Green Point Cricket Club.

The mandate of PSFA’s Blisters for Bread this year is not only to mobilise people to walk or pledge donations towards feeding hungry schoolchildren, but to also raise awareness about the benefits of school feeding overall.

According to the PSFA, research shows that by providing much-needed meals strain on families to provide additional nutritious food is reduced. Eating at school is shown to increase the nutritional status of young children, school feeding helps improve children’s educational profile by increasing school attendance, cognitive abilities, concentration and marks. It is shown to decrease drop-out rates, a common problem in South Africa.

The PSFA also states that a child that eats a balanced meal is less likely to suffer from illness related to malnutrition and this takes strain off the health system and the taxpayer.

Studies show in certain cases girls have to help with household chores and care work. School feeding takes some stress from the household and allows them to stay in school.

The report further states that by feeding children and keeping them in school, it improves the chances of them entering the tertiary educational system which in turn bolsters the job market and strengthens our economy.

By nurturing children though school feeding, it not only helps to build children from a physiological point of view, but it also helps to build them up in life emotionally and psychologically.

The entry fee for Blisters for Bread is R50, which will feed 25 hungry schoolchildren for an entire day.

Entries are now open and are limited to 12 000 walkers.

Enter online or download a copy of the entry form by visiting

Entry forms can also be collected and dropped off at the Top Events offices at 7 Koeberg Road, Maitland or from the following Sportsmans Warehouse branches: Rondebosch, Sea Point, Tyger Valley and Canal Walk.

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

All donations will be used solely for school feeding and are tax-deductible.

Hospitality packages are available for schools and corporates.

For more information or to make a donation visit or contact Charles Grey on 021 447 6020 or

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