Food hunger is an ever-growing crisis in many parts of South Africa. To elevate hunger Constantia CAN aim to raise more than R1 million to aid and supplement 22 soup kitchens in Khayelitsha through an auction on the 1st of October.
Over 40 artists have donated artwork to the auction, from oil on canvas to bronze sculptures, having collaborated with the Spier Arts Trust to reach South African artists all over the country. Steenberg Farm & Golf Club have donated a package including fourball lessons, dinner vouchers and a case of Steenberg wine.
Tafelsig CAN activist, Joanie Fredericks expressed her ‘’ deepest disappointment in a president that continues to fail the nation on the empty stomachs of millions of people”.She sent a video message to Ramaphosa at the start of the lockdown, which went viral and is also one of the organisers behind the Dear Mr President video project.
Constantia CAN was launched in April in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This initiative is part of the Community Action Network and one of the many amazing CAN groups in South Africa.
Working closely with Ladles of Love, Constantia CAN feeds 4 000 people daily, mostly children – reaching 22 soup kitchens in Khayelitsha, Westlake, Retreat, and Steenberg. Collectively, they have delivered 569 243 meals to the value of about R2 759 703.
Suzanne Johnson, of Constantia CAN, said in a statement: “The hunger crisis is far from over. We have to keep feeding those in need. This auction is a rarity, this level of access to some of the most amazing items that South Africa has to offer. A charity auction charges 0% commission, 0% bidder’s fee, 0% seller’s fee, and as a registered charity, we do not charge VAT. We need South Africans to register and ‘Bid4Good’.”
Some unique items on offer also include a new Harley-Davidson Street Rod, valued at R120 000; a two-night getaway to Ellerman House worth R60 000; and even a varicose vein surgery worth in excess of R60 000, courtesy of one of South Africa’s top practitioners, Dr Gideon L van Wyk of Vein Solutions.
To participate in the auction,ConstantiaCAN.clickauction.co.za