In the previous post I mentioned that the Do More Foundation was aiming to make 100 000 sandwiches on World Food Day (16 October) and I am excited to let you know that not only did we crush the world record of 57 000 sandwiches, but we exceeded our original target! Together with 50 corporate partners across South Africa, the Do More Foundation made history by making 107,418 sandwiches in one hour!
Over 2500 volunteers at 43 sites across South Africa were allocated one hour between 10am and 11am to pull off this feat and we did it. This was an overwhelming experience and one I will never forget. In the process of making these sandwiches, a total of 14 000 loaves of Sunbake bread were used, as well as 1,7 tons of Rama spread and 1,7 tons of Yum Yum peanut butter.
The sandwiches were thereafter distributed to children from impoverished communities across South Africa.
The dedication of time, energy and resources to this cause, from the corporates that took part, as well as the meticulous planning and organization from the Do More Foundation and volunteers, all contributed to the outstanding success of this venture.
Even though records were smashed, the most important aspect was being able to raise awareness for food insecurity and the effect it has on young children in South Africa.
Warren Farrer of the Do More Foundation, believes this year’s epic sandwich attempt was merely a taste of what’s to come. “I’m really looking forward to taking it up a step next year”. He also reflected on the success of the event and thanked all those who took part. “When you have a vision and an idea that connects with people, amazing things can happen. Today we helped brighten a little child’s day somewhere. There’s no better reward. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing partners, so a massive thanks to all those involved.”