Photo Credit: Yolandi Palmer

After the success of the first charity-focused ‘Benoekie’ (Benoni Koekie) weighing in at almost 100 kilograms, Benoekie 2.0 is on the cards with hopes to make even more of a community difference (and maybe break a record):


Benoni, South Africa (19 March 2024) — Earlier this year, baker Yolandi Palmer created a massive cookie fit for a giant. Weighing in at a whopping 99.02 kilograms, this Benoekie took hours of work, kilograms of frosting and moments in the kitchen that even the mightiest baker might be intimidated by.

But, this was not a case of a baker gone wild—not entirely. Affectionately named ‘Benoekie’ (Benoni Koekie), the effort was  to raise funds for charities and community projects like Clean Projects, House Thandi and Huis Charis Youth Centre—all causes close to the heart of Benoni.

With the help of the Humanity Foundation—a non-profit company that lightens burdens across the board in Ekuruleni—the Benoekie magic was made possible in February. Thanks to the success of the big bake, cookie cuts thousands of rands were earned for the causes that each make Benoni brighter in their own important ways.

In very exciting news, another Benoekie bake is on the menu as the Benoni community prepares their sweet spots for Benoekie 2.0!

While some of the charity specifics are still being worked out and plans are still cooking, what’s for sure is that this Benoekie is set to be even bigger (and bets are on that it might even break a record!).

Keep your eyes peeled and your cheat days marked for 1 June.

Sources: Submission; The Humanity Foundation
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