Owners at the award-winning Scottish diner The Real Food Cafe are encouraging their customers to support their antidote to Black Friday and instead mark the day as #CrapFriday. The campaign will see the café donate the equivalent of a Black Friday discount to ToiletTwinning.org in a bid to raise funds to build toilets for impoverished communities in Malawi.
Black Friday, on 25 November this year, has been widely adopted as the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping frenzy with many retailers discounting their products to get things kick started. However as an antidote to this, the owner of The Real Food Café, Sarah Heward has launched an anti-Black Friday toilet twinning campaign “Insanity to Sanitation” with the aim of raising a minimum of £1200 by 25 November to build at least 20 toilets, each of which will be twinned with a Scottish toilet.
Teaming up with ToiletTwinning.org, The Real Food Café in Tyndrum is donating £1 each time a customer spends £20 on food, or purchases a selection of treats and goodies or one of The Real Food Café’s travel mugs and they even have a ‘Twin-O-Meter’ blackboard to track their progress. Once the toilets are built they will be twinned with the toilets at The Real Food Café which will have a plaque detailing where their twinned Malawian toilet is located.
Sarah, who is the driving force behind the campaign, said:
“Most of us take having a clean toilet to use for granted, but for Malawians this is an incredible gift. The cost to build and sustain a toilet in Malawi, where they are in desperate need of proper sanitation, is just £60. We hope to provide at least 20 shared community toilets in areas where there are currently none, something that will help raise self-esteem and personal pride in the people that live there. I was inspired to do this after a friend twinned their toilet and then I twinned a toilet in the Democratic Republic of Congo for my mother’s Christmas present and I thought why not twin the toilets at the café.”
As well as donations being made by the café they have also set up a Just Giving page where anyone can pledge their support. To do so visit – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Realfoodcafe
The Real Food Café is situated on the main A82 and the West Highland Way at Tyndrum approximately half way between Glasgow and Fort William which makes it an ideal stopping off point to eat, drink and rest a little. It first opened its doors in 2005 to serve good, home-made food at reasonable prices and since then has become something of an icon in the area.
It has won numerous awards including Best Independent Fish & Chip Outlet at the National Fish & Chip Awards in 2013 and 2014 and was placed in the Top 12 Best Independent Fish & Chip Restaurants in the UK in 2015. In 2016 it was highly recommended by Scotland the Best guidebook.
The Café also takes its home baking seriously and has been recognised by The Guild of Fine Foods and the Great Taste of Britain Awards with medals for its homemade Tartare Sauce in 2016 and 2 stars for our Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cake in 2015.
The Real Food Café, Tyndrum, Perthshire, Scotland FK20 8RY
Phone: 01838 400 235