Celebrity chefs come together to cook for children with life threatening illnesses Cooking for Dreams Fundraiser, in association with Discovery Health, takes place on 1 September 2022 with event in Johannesburg and online cook-along simultaneously


Reach for a Dream has been working tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children fighting life-threatening illnesses for more than three decades. Last year, Reach For A Dream Foundation set a Guinness World Record TM for the most people cooking online simultaneously, raising R850 000 through the Cooking for Dreams campaign. Recently voted the best NGO in South Africa, the foundation strives to double the funding to impact more dreamers and continue the journey of hope.

The Cooking for Dreams event will take place on 1 September 2022 and aims to unite supporters, to both a virtual and live cook along experience. Hosted by South Africa’s celebrity chefs David Higgs, The Lazy Makoti and J’Something, participants will get to cook a delicious appetizer and main course meal. The starter will be crafted by The Lazy Makoti and the main course, conceptualised by Higgs. J’ Something will be the master of ceremony offering tips and tricks and bringing the evening together. Beyond being tasty, the dishes have been approved
by the team at Discovery Vitality Healthy Food studio. To add to the wonderful offering of ingredients, participants will also receive a complementary Lindt chocolate, Jacob’s coffee, Kings Tea, a bottle of wine and a free surprise gift.

For only R550 participants will receive a cooler bag with all the ingredients to feed a family of four, sponsored by Woolworths, conveniently delivered to your door, courtesy of DPD Laser. Then participants can join in virtually to cook along with the chefs, learning new techniques while enjoying an entertaining evening with family or  friends.

For those who would like to meet the chefs and attend an in-person event (with a limited number of seats available) at only R900 per person secures a ticket to the official Cooking for Dreams evening, proudly sponsored, and hosted at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Live attendees will enjoy welcome drinks, photo opportunities, live cook with the chefs as well as an evening filled with entertainment and giveaways.


A few words from our sponsors:

“We are proud to lend our support to the Reach For a Dream Foundation, and the incredible work they do in helping realise the hopes and wishes of children who face life-threatening illnesses,” says Zyda Rylands, Woolworths Food Chief Executive. “Through participating in this fundraising initiative, by supplying quality food products to the participants and chefs involved, Woolworths can play an active and meaningful role in the lives of these courageous and inspiring children”.

Discovery Vitality CEO, Dinesh Govender says, “After collaborating on such a memorable and impactful event last year, we are excited to partner again with Reach for A Dream. So much of the work we do at Vitality in making people healthier and protecting and enhancing their lives is predicated on powerful partnerships – Cooking for Dreams is an excellent case in point.” He adds, “Being able to support children with life threatening illnesses with all involved is an immense honour.”

‘We have been blessed by the Healthcare community entrusting chronic and critical Healthcare shipments to DPD Laser for delivery to patients and healthcare professionals for over two decades, this is a sector we serve with pride. We embrace the opportunity to support this very worthy cause of delivering to participants to Cook for Dreams to raise much needed funds which goes towards children suffering life threatening illness. Our dream team of delivery experts are inspired by this cause and will ensure your ingredients are at the right place at the right time. Best of luck to all 3000 participants.’ DPD Laser spokesperson – Benita Buitendag

‘We’re delighted to be part of another fantastic initiative with Reach for a Dream,’ says Emperors Palace Complex Operations Executive Clive Tavener. ‘We have a long association with them and had so much fun last year breaking the world record for the most people cooking online simultaneously, so we were immediately on board with Cooking for Dreams.’

“Last year, just over 2 600 people participated in Cooking for Dreams. This year, the goal is to reach 3 000 and I believe we can do it”, said Julia Sotirianakos, CEO Reach For A Dream. “Being part of a record setting project is really exciting, and in doing so, each person that participates can help make a positive difference in the life of a child facing a life-threatening illness,” she added.

Reach For A Dream believes in the power of making dreams come true and this event proves once again that – no dream is too big.

For more information or to buy your cooler bag, visit www.cookingfordreams.co.za