17 March 2010

Gourmet pizza for Red Cross

Col’ Cacchio pizzeria has launched its second Celebrity Chef Series – a gourmet project in aid of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Pizza lovers will be thrilled to learn that Col’ Cacchio pizzeria has launched its second Celebrity Chef Series – a gourmet project in aid of raising funds for the Children’s Hospital Trust, the Fundraising Arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, based in Cape Town, is the only dedicated specialist paediatric hospital in southern Africa managing 250 000 patient visits annually. Children are referred for treatment from around South Africa, Africa and, sometimes, abroad. Most come from poor and marginalised communities and a third are under a year old.

Six of South Africa’s top chefs,  Michael Broughton (Terroir), Nicky Gibbs (The Westcliff), Jodi-Ann Pearton (The Food Design Agency), David Higgs (Rust en Vrede), Chantel Dartnall (Restaurant Mosaic) and Franck Dangereux (The Foodbarn), will design six pizza masterpieces to be sold at Col Cacchio from April to September 2010. With every gourmet celebrity pizza sold, R5 will be donated to the hospital.

Upgrade of Burns Unit

Last year’s campaign raised over R120 000 for a new Operating Theatre Complex at the hospital, whereas this year’s donations will be put towards upgrade of the Burns Unit. This ward admits over 1 300 severely burned patients annually and has not been upgraded since 1956.

“This priority project will help keep the Hospital on the cutting edge of medical care and continue giving sick children a fighting chance.” says Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust.

Col’ Cacchio’s own pizza doyenne, Kinga Baranowska, will once again lead the six chosen celebrity chefs in the kitchen.

This year's theme is the Soccer World Cup and each chef will represent a participating country:

 Michael Broughton (Terroir) will represent Italy with his Michelangelo pizza for the month of April; David Higgs (Rust en Vrede) will represent Mexico with his Nacho Libre pizza for the month of May; Jodi-Ann Pearton (The Food Design Agency) will represent South Africa with her Bunny Chow pizza for the month of June; Franck Dangereux (Foodbarn) will represent France with his La Zizou pizza for the month of July; Nicky Gibbs (The Westcliff) will represent Argentina with her El Gaucho pizza for the month of August; and finally Chantel Dartnall (Restaurant Mosaic) will represent Denmark with her Christiana pizza for the month of September.

 “We look forward to once again bringing people together from various sectors of the hospitality industry,” comments Baranowska, “in the hope that this year we will raise even more funds and exposure for the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.”

Visit any of the 18 Col’Cacchio pizzerias across South Africa from April to September 2010 and support this worthy cause. You can also visit the Children’s Hospital Trust’s website to make a donation.

(Image: Hush Naidoo)

- (Compiled by Birgit Ottermann, Health24, March 2010)


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