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San Patingnano

Believe it or not, little towns like Rimini really battle with traffic (As we discovered first hand)!

On the first day of the show we only got back to the hotel around 20h00 and were informed that we need to be back on the coach by 20h45 for dinner. At this time of the evening, after a full day of work, the question often asked is “do I really want to go?”. Well, in this instance, I am so pleased we decided to go! Because we were taken to a restaurant situated in an old Monastery in Rimini.

This is no ordinary restaurant. Instead it’s a life changing experience – one that touches the mind, soul, heart, and the taste buds!

The restaurant – Vite – is situated in an institution (San Patingnano) that aids addicts and others that need help; from drug addicts and alcoholics to the homeless struggling to find their way in life or those that are just down and out. These individuals (men only) are taken into San Patingnano to learn a trade, make friends and discover how to make themselves effective members of a community.

The programme offered is three and a half years and, as a program participant, you do not leave the property and you do not recieve phone calls. You cannot smoke, you recieve no funds or money. All your necessities are supplied – as the institution is self sufficient – from the soap to wash with to the cleaning materials.

San Patingnano is consistently making a world of difference to a group of individuals. The visit was uplifting, inspiring and – I must admit – it’s going to drives me to do more in our own community.

Inspiration aside we also experience a five course dinner – at the Vite the San Patingnano restaurant – and it was remarkable. So good that it deserves it’s own blog post.

Vite

Posted by: Linda Coltart
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Mr Tuesday’s Chicken

Yesterday was Mrs. Ndaba’s first Tuesday’s chicken. It went incredibly well and we thought we’d share a few pictures with you.

Hanging out with Mrs, Ndaba before lunch is served

Hanging out with Mrs. Ndaba before lunch is served.

Mrs. Ndaba and Tuesday's Chicken

Mrs. Ndaba and Tuesday's Chicken.

Mmm lunch.

Mmm lunch ...

Thanks Mr Tuesday! It looks like everyone loved their meal and without your generosity this would not have been possible.

Posted by: Linda Coltart
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Mrs Ndaba’s Friday

We’re very big on community improvement and upliftment. We believe that giving back, supporting and teaching in the local community are core to our success. We have developed our own in-house training program, we invest in our surrounding society and recently we’ve added Mrs Ndaba Friday’s to our Culinary Concierge program.

Mrs Ndaba – who we also mentioned in our previous newsletter – is an amazing woman. She’s 68 years old and she – without any assistance or funding – has started this daycare for toddlers. She now looks after 65 children unaided. Unbelievable!

Every Friday we, with the help of our Culinary Concierge guests, bake nutrient rich muffins (which were designed, with a dietician, specifically for Mrs Ndaba and her children) and then deliver them. It’s an incredibly rewarding process because it truly feels great to do something good for another person.

So far those that have participated in Mrs Ndaba’s Friday have given back far more than just their time and muffins. One individual purchased Mrs Ndaba’s Tuesdays for a whole year! This means that Mrs Ndaba’s children will have a guaranteed meal on both Fridays and Tuesdays. Our end goal is to ensure these children have a meal everyday of the week and, with some help from some very generous people, we hopeful that we’ll get there.

If you want to be part of this, or you’re looking for something that adds a little perspective and joy to your life, join us for a Mrs Ndaba Friday.

Mrs Ndaba and Mr Tuesday.

Mrs Ndaba and Mr Tuesday.

Posted by: Linda Coltart
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