This Mandela Day, Ladles of Love is calling on the public to use their 67 minutes to be “love activists”.
The non-profit organisation wants to collect 90 000 tins of food to break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of food cans and raise awareness of hunger in Cape Town.
This will be the organisation’s second world-record attempt. Last year, they broke the world record for the most sandwiches made in an hour, with volunteers across the peninsula making 304 000 home-made sandwiches, which were distributed to communities in need.
“Mandela Day is about giving and working together. Ladles of Love is always looking to find solutions to the food-supply crisis in our impoverished areas. These communities are always hit the hardest during the cold winter months in the Cape and a little extra can go a long way,” said Danny Diliberto, the organisation’s founder.
“With lockdown restrictions imposed during this time, many are left without an income and are unable to provide a meal for themselves or their families.”
The record-breaking 6.7 km line will consist of 90 000 food cans, which will be donated to poor communities in Cape Town.
“We have 125 primary beneficiaries who, in turn, feed and provide our bulk to hundreds of people. The cans will be distributed to each and every beneficiary. Note, some of our beneficiaries have more than one kitchen – some have over 20,” said Ladles of Love spokeswoman Bianca Prins.
The public can help by buying five cans for R100 through Webtickets or dropping off cans at various depots.
Volunteers can also spend their 67 minutes sharing information about Ladles of Love and the record attempt on social media. During the 67 minutes, the organisation will provide volunteers with a link containing special posts and posters. Volunteer tickets are available through Webtickets for R67.
Due to the adjusted level 4 lockdown restrictions, the staging of the record attempt at the V&A Waterfront has been postponed until it is safe for people to gather.
“The date is to be confirmed after the next presidential address. For now, we are asking the public to help raise cans and funds for people in need,” said Ms Prins.