Nine years ago 450 South Africans shared a luncheon together on one long table, perched on the slopes of Table Mountain. Their aim was to show the country and indeed the world that a unified people have the power to heal a nation.
‘You can go to many events but there is none quite so spine chilling as looking out over Cape Town while sharing ideas of peace, unity and understanding with fellow South Africans,’ says founder Christine Cashmore, director of GourmetSA.
Nine years on, the Tables of Peace and Unity continue to inspire South Africans from all walks of life, attracting the likes of comedian Marc Lottering, former South African Springbok rugby player Chester Williams and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
‘The Archbishop once gave the blessing for one of our tables. That was an unforgettable experience. He is such a powerful person when he speaks for this country,’ says Christine Cashmore. The Archbishop is expected to attend the 2008 Cape Town event.
Sharing in good food, wine and song, the Table of Peace and Unity was started by Christine as a way in which South Africans could celebrate their positivity and their communal desire for a united and peaceful future, while raising money for children’s charities.
To date, the Tables of Peace and Unity have raised over R5 million. The funds have been used to purchase equipment including mobile ventilators, vehicles and cottages for the housing of abused children, for the charities GourmetSA supports.
With the concept having spread to other parts of the country, this year five Tables of Peace will take place simultaneously around the country. The venues are UnityTown Square in Polokwane, the Botanical Gardens in Durban, the Harbor in Port Elizabeth, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
The event is scheduled to take place on 27th April 2008, Freedom Day, a day on which South Africans should be together, says Christine. ‘We encourage those who can’t join us at an official table to host their own table at home. The coming together of people despite their sex or race or religion is a powerful reminder of the fact that we are one. That’s the way South Africa should be.’
To book tickets at any one of the national Tables,
call Event Co-ordinator Tanya Price on
+27 (0)21 797 4500
+27 (0)84 565 0069
Email: [email protected]