Springboks Cooking for Charity: All the pictures

Garth Wright (left) and Schalk Burger snr get cooking tips from Chef to Call Riaan van Niekerk (right). Picture: Salvelio Meyer

By Louise Liebenberg

THE 2011 Rugby World Cup has finally rolled around – and Nelson Mandela Bay got into the action a little early, on the eve of the tournament, by hosting the very successful Springboks Cooking for Charity function at the NMMU Indoor Sports Centre this week.

Bok legends Schalk Burger snr, Garth Wright, Dr Hannes Marais, Warren Brosnihan and De Wet Barry were all there, Garth (whose birthday it was yesterday when the Cup started) acting as compere and being the driving force behind the event which was hosted for the third time.

And, thanks to the Boks and enthusiastic public support, R200 000 was raised for charity through the dinner and an accompanying auction, with the Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre, Child Welfare Eastern Cape and the MTR Smit Children’s Haven all on the receiving end of the goodwill. Children from the EP Child and Youth Care Centre also had a bit of involvement on the night as they had made beautiful and very creative rugby-inspired placemat drawings which the guests could take home with them afterwards.

Schalk Burger snr and Warren Brosnihan receive some culinary guidance from chef Riaan van Niekerk. Picture: Salvelio Meyer

The evening, attended by some 300 guests, saw Garth joined on stage by “big” Schalk Burger, of Welbedacht Wines fame and father of “little” Schalk who is part of the 2011 World Cup squad hoping to make it third time lucky for the Boks, the team having spectacularly won the World Cup in 1995 and again in 2007.

Intermittently joined on stage by Dr Hannes Marais (who lives in Port Elizabeth, was a selector of the 1995 team and quipped his wife knows more about rugby than he does!) and Warren Brosnihan, the Boks reminisced about the two World Cup victories and what went right (and at times, wrong) in their game. They also had some poignant Bok stories from the past.

All agreed the Boks are clearly buoyed following their recent victory over the All Blacks at a packed Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on August 20 and so every single rugby-loving South African is hoping they can build on that optimism for a decent performance in New Zealand now that the 2011 Rugby World Cup has officially kicked off.

The very traditional braai staple starter. Picture: Salvelio Meyer

The Springboks Cooking for Charity menu included pap ‘n sous with a succulent sosatie and sausage straight off the braai to start with, as well as recipes from the new Springbok Kitchen cookery book for mains and dessert. It really was a feast and the big screen TVs showing snippets from the 1995 game brought a tear to many eyes, seeing our wonderful Madiba in his green and gold and the team singing the National Anthem uit volle bors, as they say.

Veteran singer PJ Powers also attended Springboks Cooking for Charity and brought the evening to a rapturous close with her by now famous rendition of World in Union. Scroll down for more pictures of Thursday night’s event, which was made possible thanks to the support of various sponsors, including Angelic Wonders who did the draping, Magnetic Storm, The Boardwalk and their chefs from Fedics, Chef to Call Riaan van Niekerk, Siyathetha Communications, Meridian Wines and others.

More pics from Springboks Cooking for Charity, September 8, 2011

Bok legends (from left) De Wet Barry, Garth Wright, Schalk Burger snr, Warren Brosnihan and Dr Hannes Marais are joined on stage by Chef to Call Riaan van Niekerk (third from right). Picture: Salvelio Meyer

A detail from the SA-inspired table settings. Every guest received a South African flag which hopefully will come in handy in front of the telly when SA take on the rest of the rugby-playing world over the next few weeks! Picture: Salvelio Meyer

The main course was steak with mushroom sauce and potato bake from the new Springbok Kitchen cookery book, accompanied by chef Riaan van Niekerk's veggies. Picture: Salvelio Meyer

Travel industry representatives (from left) Candice van Heerden, Michaela Pape, Mandy Compton, Kaysie van der Bergh, Ingrid Logan and Bev Cumiskey gave it horns. Picture: Salvelio Meyer

Magnetic Storm staff (from left) Tracy Morris, Liam Prince and Loryn van Eck joined hundreds of other patrons by dressing up in their supporters' gear. Picture: Salvelio Meyer

The menu from the evening, which raised R200 000 for children's charities. Picture: Salvelio Meyer

Nelson Mandela bringing some of his Madiba magic to the big screen at the 1995 World Cup final which South Africa won - a triumph which inspired the film Invictus. Picture: Salvelio Meyer

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One Response to Springboks Cooking for Charity: All the pictures

  1. What a evening, we were so proud to be part of this great evening, thank you all. Thank you for the pics Salvelio.

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