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The full tummy fund

The Full Tummy Fund is a programme of the Spur Foundation and the vehicle used to invest in educational development and nutritional programmes.

Although experts agree that the situation for South African children between the ages of 0 and six has improved since 1994, the early childhood development (ECD) sector still faces significant challenges, including institutional capacity – few well-trained ECD staff and little in the line of effective instruction programmes, infrastructure and facility gaps funding and poor nutrition.

Investing in early childhood development is known to be one of the most effective means of eradicating poverty. It is for this reason our developmental focus remains strongly on the first 2 000 days, with particular emphasis on early childhood development and nutrition for children from disadvantaged communities up to the age of six. We know that you can’t teach a hungry child, and during these first, formative years, the essential building blocks for brain and body development are laid.

Our Manifesto

We’re taking the long-term view – South Africa can only grow if we are able to address the developmental challenges facing its citizens. By starting with children in the first six years of life, we are laying a stronger educational foundation upon which a healthier, more prosperous and better society may be built.

Fill a tummy,
feed a mind.

The Spur Foundation

The Spur Foundation is the entity through which Spur Corporation’s corporate social investment initiatives are carried out. The Foundation was established on International Mandela Day, 18 July 2012, with a donation of R670 000 by the Spur Group, resonating with the ‘67 minutes’ theme of Mandela Day, and the founding of the Spur family in 1967. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported, and continues to support a number of causes and recently launched the Full Tummy Fund to continue investing in our beneficiaries.

The Spur Foundation’s motto ‘Nourish, Nurture, Now!’ is reflected in the socio-economic development initiatives it supports. These initiatives aim to uplift and improve the lives of South African families, especially children, in line with its core value of generosity and Ubuntu.

Spur Foundation
Meet the team

We have an outstanding team of dedicated and passionate individuals who are committed to the work we do and giving children a better future.

Mark Farrelly
Chairperson, Spur Foundation & Chief Operating Officer, Spur Corporation

Mark joined Spur Corporation in 1990 as an operations manager and was promoted to regional operations manager in 1995. He was appointed to the board in 1999 and appointed as chief operating officer...

Carol Pillay
Trustee, Spur Foundation

Carol Pillay joined the Spur Marketing Department in August 2001 as the Production Manager and headed up the Production Department until end June 2019 and joined the Spur Foundation in her capacity...

Sacha du Plessis
Trustee, Spur Foundation & Group Marketing Executive, Spur Corporation

Sacha du Plessis joined Spur Corporation’s marketing team in 2007; he is now the Group Marketing Executive of the company and one of the founding Trustees of the Spur Foundation. In his personal...

Graeme Kiewitz
Trustee, Spur Foundation & Human Resources Executive, Spur Corporation

Graeme Kiewitz joined Spur Corporation in 2019 as Group Human Resources Executive with prior roles in a FMCG, manufacturing and the fishing industry.  Graeme commits his free time to serving on both...

Patrick Lawson
Trustee, Spur Foundation & Group Executive: Brand Strategy, Spur Corporation

Patrick Lawson joined Spur Corporation in 2009.  He has fulfilled many diverse roles in the organisation and now is the leads Group Strategy.  Patrick has a long history of working to uplift those...

Pierre van Tonder
Patron, Spur Foundation & CEO, Spur Corporation

Pierre van Tonder started his career with Spur Group in 1982 as a junior manager. He was appointed senior manager at Golden Spur Steak Ranch in Newlands, Cape Town in 1983 and held this position for...

Tara Theron
Spur Foundation Manager

Tara previously worked at the Children’s Hospital Trust, the fundraising arm of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. Tara has a degree in Public Relations Management and was a part of...