Chef runs Cape Town Marathon for charity

Chef Margot Janse and friend Saskia Blaisse are team Virgin Orange ready to conquer for charity.

20 Sep 2013
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Ready, set, Virgin Orange is on the mark!

The Virgin Orange express

Long-time friends, and now running partners, Margot Janse and Saskia Blaisse, are on a mission. One that encompasses hundreds of kilometres of pounded pavement, an altruistic goal, and The Cape Town Marathon on 22 September 2013.

They’re both Franschhoek locals: Margot is the executive chef of world-renowned Le Quartier Français, and Saskia is the co-founder of Truckles Traditional Cheese and Blazing Grey.

New to the marathon circuit, the two Dutch-born athletes have called themselves 'VIRGIN ORANGE', and can be seen rain, sleet or winter sunshine every morning training on the streets of their village (much to the delight of the townspeople driving past on their daily commute, who have become the runners’ unofficial cheering squad).

Taking on the tar

Blazing a trail, the dynamic duo have been increasing their distance exponentially, with the most recent achievement standing at 27 kilometres on one stretch—though the true goal of competing in The Cape Town Marathon lies in raising funds for The Kusasa Project Breakfast Club.

Since 2007 over 650,000 breakfasts have been provided at Dalubuhle and Wes Eind Primary School, one of the most crucial programs which prepares the children for a day of learning, facilitated by The Kusasa Project in conjunction with Le Quartier Francais.

This huge volume of meals requires a variety of utensils, equipment, storage and kitchen structures as well as large numbers of plates and cutlery.

There is an urgent need to replenish this equipment and VIRGIN ORANGE have taken on this challenge to raise R200 000 to purchase a significant amount of vitally needed resources.

Show your support

Please support this cause with donations to The Kusasa Project throug our registered charities in South Africa, UK, Holland and the USA with a reference VO or visit

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