Last year I had the great pleasure of attending the Table of Peace & Unity, an annual fundraising event held on the slopes of Table Mountain. The idea behind the event is to bring people together to (literally and figuratively) break bread as a demonstration of peace and unity, and to raise money for children’s charities.
The main event, hosting 700 people at one long (oh so very long) table under a very (very) long tent, is held on Tafelberg Road, on Table Mountain. Top chefs volunteer their time and talents, as do some of the country’s best musical talents, and all proceeds go to the selected charities. Over the years the event has raised an incredible R12 million, and they hope to add to this figure again this time around.
In addition to this, organisers are encouraging South Africans to host their own ‘Table of Peace and Unity’ events. After all – you don’t need to be on Table Mountain to sit at a long table and share bread (again, in both senses of the word) with your community.
This year’s event takes place on Sunday 13 May 2012 (Mother’s Day!). Tickets are not cheap – R450-R500 a pop – but every cent is going to charity. Add to that the fact that you’re getting fed by the city’s top chefs, entertained by our best local performers and that the location (and occasion) is unforgettable and I’d say it was well worth the price.