Jordan Jenkins and Scott Elsey, FACE’s very own marathon men, passed an important milestone in the their training programme on Sunday April 14 by completing the East London Half Marathon.
The two long distance runners came in with highly respectable times of just over the two hour mark in the chill of West Ham Park and its surrounding roads.
The pair are really only in the early stages of their training for the Loch Ness Marathon, for which they are being sponsored on behalf of FACE.
Already they have bagged excellent support of more than £1000, which is bound to help with those sore limbs!
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FACE on fire at BBQ

FACE was really on fire when it came to fundraising at the BBQ and Garden Party on Sunday April 28th.
A new record for FACE fundraising was set with a total of £2095 from the £20 a head entry charge, other donations from generous non-attendees and £196 from the tombola.
FACE stalwart Eric Goodwin played host at his gorgeous Brewer’s Wood home and also did us proud with the terrific spread of food. Plus a number of ladies contributed to the fine fare with an array of deserts to make the folks on Masterchef envious.
Key to the success was the lovely sunny weather, which blessed the event against all odds and gthe weather forecasters’ gloomy predictions a day or so in advance.
The highlight was the music that played all afternoon. This started with American Erin Neeson on guitar and vocals and then a bravura performance from six-piece band ‘Mudsticks’, featuring the the talented Del Delorme and his family.

Quiz Queen!

The easiest question of the night at the FACE Quiz was who deserved most thanks, as the obvious answer was organiser Tash Douglas.
About 70 people showed up for the brain teaser at Rainham Social Club on April 12th to enjoy the cerebral challenge and the sausage and chips.
Thanks to the £5 entry fee, people paying for answers (didn’t know you could do that!) and another of Marion’s superb raffles, the grand total was well over £600.
A big thank you also goes to the rest of the Douglas clan, Graeme, Joi, Richard and Carole, who also played a big part in making things work so well on the night.
And in case you didn’t know before: 3 people died at the OK Coral shoot-out and Chris Chattaway came second when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile barrier for the first time – general knowledge boffins there actually goes those ones right!
Natasha Douglas, organiser of the Quiz night, gets a hug from sister-in-law Joi (right), to celebrate the success of the FACE fundraiser.

Natasha Douglas, organiser of the Quiz night, gets a hug from sister-in-law Joi (right), to celebrate the success of the FACE fundraiser.

Nonny’s Bakery and Café – one of Masiphumelele’s newest small businesses!

MASICORP is proud to sponsor Nonny’s Bakery and Café – one of Masiphumelele’s newest small businesses!

Swedish Tour group enjoying lunch at Nonny's Bakery

Swedish Tour group enjoying lunch at Nonny’s Bakery

Since it opened a few months ago, Nonny’s Bakery and Café has become a lovely little eating spot. The café is situated just a few metres along on the right hand side once you’ve turned into the main entrance to the Masiphumelele township on the Fish Hoek-Kommetjie Road.  If you’re in the area, it’s an ideal place to stop en route to Cape Point or the penguins.

Nonny serves both light refreshments (including a delicious range of freshly baked cakes and muffins) and tasty lunch dishes such as pies, stews with rice or pap, toasted sandwiches, burgers. For tour groups, she can do a more African style lunch, including township delicacies such as pap and chakalaka! Nonny’s been getting great feedback from tour groups visiting the township and takes a great deal of pride in sharing her story and local cuisine.

Nonny's garden

Nonny’s garden

Nonny’s Bakery has a lovely garden area where customers can sit in the shade of a small pergola and surrounded by a few plants, sadly often a rarity in the township. It really is a very pleasant and safe space to stop and Nonny’s food is very good, and at reasonable prices. Nonny is fully registered with the City of Cape Town and the café complies with all their hygiene requirements

Nonny and her team.

Nonny and her team.

Please feel free to call Nonny directly to book a lunch, or just pop in if you are passing by. Introduce yourself and she’d be happy to tell you about some of the previous lunches she has provided for visitors to the township.

Nonny can be contacted on (+27) 071 9986495. You will not be disappointed!

Seedlings’ Easter Bunny

Easter Egg Hunt

Are your ready to start the Easter Egg hunt?

Last week the Easter Bunny visited Masiphumelele! An anonymous donor presented Dr Sophie Billington with an Easter egg for each child in the Seedlings crèches.  We did one Easter egg distribution on Friday 22nd march and then an Easter Egg hunt in the playground next to the library the on the Thursday before Easter.

Part of the MASICORP Seedlings project is to make sure Masiphumelele’s children get a healthy lunch to help them learn well – but an occasional treat is much appreciated too!

Check out our Facebook album and see how much the kids enjoyed their Easter Treat !

FACE Supper Club Goes Down Under

The FACE Supper Club’s latest monthly meeting in March had a distinct overseas flavour.
Although held at the Jenkins pad it was hosted by the FACE Australian contingency of Steve and Kaye Bishop as they were in the UK visiting and decided to join in the food fun.
Kaye did a great job with two South African based curries to which she added a lot of other spices and Oz expertise, plus a host of other goodies including a Heston Blumenthal chocolate desert that was divine.
FACE Supper Club 22.3.13
All in all another great night adding to the £4000 plus that this particular fundraising effort will achieve during the course of the year.