There was lots of excitement at Vangate Mall in Athlone on Saturday, as locals gathered to witness the building of the longest gatsby in South Africa (“The great gatsby challenge”, People’s Post, 18 September).Gouwa Waja-Stemmet, spokesperson for the mall, says it took her team of volunteers only four hours to complete the 52.2m long gatsby.“It took our team quite some time to complete this long gatsby, but we were surprised when the entire gatsby was sold out within only 30 minutes,” she explains.“There were 372 pieces sold at a cost of R20 each and each piece was either filled with polony, tikka chicken or steak filling. The cost also included a coke and a sauce of choice.“We raised R7434 in total from selling these slices of gatsby and all the proceeds will strictly benefit a local organisation in the community. We thank the public for coming out in numbers to support this initiative.”More than 200 people lined up inside the mall’s foyer to purchase their pieces of gatsby in aid of charity.“My children could not wait for the gatsby to be completed and couldn’t resist the smells coming from the portable kitchen were everything took place,” says Soraya Adams from Athlone. “To add, the gatsby tasted delicious, leaving us to stand in the line again for second piece.”Anthony Thomas from Bridgetown says he was surprised to pay only R20 for a big piece of steak gatsby.“Where else on the Cape Flats would one find a huge piece of tikka chicken or steak gatsby for this price? “Plus a coke to get it downs our throats. It was amazing. “Well done to the chefs and the management of Vangate Mall, who put their time and efforts in this event, to prepare these meals for both charity purposes and the public,” adds Thomas.The beneficiary of the charity event is an orphanage home in Athlone. For more information call Gouwa Waja-Stemmet on 082 447 1532.