Breaking bread for abused children

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

Capetonians gathered on the slopes of Table Mountain to break bread for a good cause at the Table of Peace and Unity this weekend.

A total 650 guests, including well-known public figures, sat at a long table on Sunday to raise funds for organisations that assist abused children countrywide. Among the celebrities were singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and TV presenter Micheal Mol. Afrikaans entertainer Nathaniel did not disappoint, offering a rapid string of wisecracks, when he conducted an auction to raise cash for the children’s NGOs.

Guests at the Table of Peace and Unity on Table Mountain's slopes. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

Guests at the Table of Peace and Unity on Table Mountain’s slopes. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

Christina Cashmore, who founded the event 13 years ago, said they aimed to equal or better last year’s R1,3-million raised.

But she added: “It’s more than about raising money. It’s about raising awareness that child abuse is increasing.”

“I wanted to raise money for child abuse issues when I started this. You realise what’s happening is terrible. Fathers push mothers out of the house and rape children inside their own house,” said Cashmore.
She said that to date the annual event has raised R14-million for more than 20 organisations around the country.

South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the Table of Peace and Unity. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the Table of Peace and Unity. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

Cashmore added that she started the event also to “have fun in the pursuit of peace and goodwill.”
Various religious leaders addressed the gathering, calling for an end to child abuse and committing to talk to their congregations about the issue.

Premier Helen Zille also made a speech at the event, urging all present to “go home and love your family.”
“I say to the men of SA, go home and take care of your children… I have to say to all men, don’t make a baby if you’re not prepared to be a responsible father,” said Zille.

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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