While so many of us will stuff ourselves and our families as well as the turkey on Christmas Day, a new initiative by two leading Pretoria food entrepreneurs will ensure many homeless people are also provided with a hearty meal.
The event will be held at the Sunnyside Catholic Church and has been sponsored by the Embassy of the UAE.
The catering will be done by the founding owner of mobile pizza firm Pizza Pilgrims, Nicky Geerts, and by the owner of Pretoria’s Harlequin Restaurant and Baracas Wine and Beer Bar, Frits Brune.
Nicky is one of the founding partners of the Alfie’s group of restaurants, was born and raised in Italy, and has trained in pizza restaurants in Naples.
It is all being put together by festive-spirited Leandre Nozipho Chulu.
“For their Xmas meal, these needy folks will be offered beef, chicken, rice, potatoes, veggies and desserts,” said Geerts.
“It is hard for those of us with a comfortable lifestyle to realise how miserable and lonely the festive season can be for the homeless.
“Our aim is to offer them a few hours of enjoyment, a filling meal, and the assurance that they are not unloved or forgotten at this special time of year.”
Among the 600 guests will be 150 homeless kids, who will be offered pizzas crafted by Nicky and his team in a mobile oven-on-wheels.