Popular coffee chain Starbucks, has launched an initiative to help schools in the community raise much needed funds for themselves called  Starbucks For Schools. 

To launch the campaign Starbucks has partnered with some of the heavy hitting personalities and influencers who will be hosting celebrity serving sessions and raising money for their schools of choice.

You can expect to have your favorite coffee drink served to you by rugby legend Tendai The Beast Mtawarira, musician Bobby Van Jaarsveld, TV and Radio Personality Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, influencer Nadia Jaftha, and chef Zola Nene.  

And once the celebrity dust has settled schools can apply directly to Starbucks to host their own serving sessions with a percentage of sales then being donated to their school.  

Dylan Pienaar, the acting Managing Executive of Starbucks said, “School fundraising is an often difficult yet necessary activity to keep schools functioning well and it is in our DNA as Starbucks to support the communities in which we operate.” 

Kicking off the first of these ‘celebrity sessions’ is Springbok and Sharks rugby legend, Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira at Starbucks Gateway in Durban on Friday 12th July from 6pm – 9pm. 

Fans and customers will be able to meet and be served by ‘The Beast’, and a percentage of his sales go to the school of his choice, Sizani Primary School in Salt Rock.

Then in Menlyn, Afrikaans superstar and former The Voice SA judge Bobby van Jaarsveld will host a ‘celebrity serving session’ at the Starbucks in Menlyn Park on Thursday 1st August from 6pm – 9pm. 

Funds raised by purchases will be donated to Bobby’s choice, Pikanini Daycare Centre, that he helped establish with his sister Karlien van Jaarsveld in Benoni.

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Some of the other celebrity servings will be at the following spots; 

Former The Voice SA judge Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp – Starbucks Sandton City on 6th August from 6pm – 9pm

YouTube star and SA blogger Nadia Jaftha – Starbucks Rosebank Mall on Thursday 8th August from 6pm – 9pm

Celebrity chef and cookbook author Zola Nene – Starbucks Mall of Africa on Tuesday 13th August from 6pm – 9pm. 

Starbucks South Africa has pledged to continue their fundraising efforts and support for schools in need across the country.  Sister schools and organisations wishing to host their own ‘serving sessions’ at their nearest Starbucks to raise funds can get in touch with Starbucks on lebo@starbucks.co.za or get more information on the Starbucks social media pages. 

-Adapted from a press release