On Saturday 10 March this year, the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) officially celebrated our 60th birthday. In celebration of this milestone in the history of PSFA, we hosted the following events during March:
A party at Windermere Primary School
On Monday 12 March some of the PSFA staff visited Windermere Primary and treated 363 learners on our feeding programme to a tasty snack box. Windermere Primary was one of the first schools to join our programme during 1958.
Rodney Page, the feeding coordinator at the school, publically thanks PSFA for the daily meals that we have provided over the past 60 years and explained how the children benefit from the nutritious meals.
Brian Chellan, the principal echoed the sentiments of Rodney and added that good nutrition played a vital role in assisting with improved academic results.
Our director, Petrina Pakoe provided a light hearted talk, telling the learners a little bit about the history of PSFA and our very long relationship with their school.
After Petrina’s address the children stood up and sang a rousing happy birthday to PSFA.
60th Anniversary Celebration
To officially celebrate our 60th birthday and to thank our stakeholders for their loyal support over the years, we hosted a special party at our offices and warehouse in Philippi on Thursday 15 March.
Our chairman, Mr Yusuf Kader officially welcomed all the guests to the party and reflected on the reasons why he became involved with PSFA. “I have been involved with PSFA for almost four decades. Not because I have to, but because I want to.” He thanked everybody for their support.
Petrina Pakoe, our director, paid a heartwarming tribute to PSFA where she spoke passionately about the history, challenges, successes and milestones of PSFA over the past 60 years. In closing she thanked the many people and organisations that have played a vital role in ensuring the sustainability and success of PSFA.
Mr Doug Wares, a past president and present member of the Rotary Club of Table Bay (ex Paarden Island), the organisation that founded and established PSFA, praised the excellent work of PSFA. “The Association has a strong balance sheet and good people. This has enabled them to do the fantastic work they’re doing. I wish them another successful 60 years.”
Four learners from Dr Van Der Ross Primary in Belhar performed a poem, thanking PSFA for their daily meals. Educator Amoré Booysen shared with the audience the positive effects of school feeding on her learners. “During holidays I notice children still coming to school, hoping that there will be school feeding.”
Our vice-chairman Mr Brian Benator thanked the predecessors, donors, suppliers, partners and staff whose dedication and loyalty have ensured PSFA’s success. “It is through individuals and individual organisations that we reaffirm our mission: to alleviate short-term hunger under school children in the Western Cape.”
The party concluded with the lighting of the candles and cutting of the cake by Mr Kader, a birthday toast, three cheers and a lucky draw where Tawanda Gumbo from The Afri-CAN Children’s Charity, one of our donors, won a R1 000 Sportsmans Warehouse gift voucher.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following companies that kindly contributed to the event:
- Banks R & L Hiring for sponsoring the catering equipment
- Quality Bake for sponsoring our beautiful birthday cake
- Peninsula Beverage Company for sponsoring the water and cool drinks
- Top Events for arranging the Sportsmans Warehouse gift voucher as the prize for the lucky draw