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Swiss catering company Marche has baked a 400-metre-long strawberry cake in an attempt to make it to the Guinness Book of Records. The cake was sliced into 5,000 pieces and sold at 1 euro a piece in Ljubljana's Zvezda Park. Most of the cake was taken to the Children's Hospital in Ljubljana, while the proceeds went to an institute helping children with cancer and blood diseases. The gigantic cake, with 1,000 kilos of strawberries and 500 kilos of dough, attracted a great number of people to Zvezda Park, including some celebrities. The project was supported by Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic, who bought the first 20 pieces of the cake that took 48 hours to bake. Also taking part in the project are Lions Klub Forum Ljubljana, the Ljubljana Tourist Board and several of Marche's suppliers and business partners. Medical Aid to Zambia President Janez Drnovsek received medical students who are headed for Zambia to help in a hospital in the city of Nangoma. Four young doctors, a nurse and a medical technician will be working mostly with children and women. The president voiced his approval and support for their devoted and unselfish work, and said he was confident they would represent Slovenia in the best possible way, the president's office said in a press release. One of the main tasks of the Slovenian health workers will be to educate and inform the local population about infectious diseases, hygiene and proper nutrition. Drnovsek said he was satisfied with the interest of young people in voluntary work, and pointed to the importance of fieldwork by medical students in developing countries. Their experience can help them promote solidarity in Slovenia. The members of the group are to stay in Nangoma for over two months. The project is part of a programme run by the Department for Tropical Medicine at the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine, which has sent over 220 medical students to Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, New Guinea, Malawi and India since 1990. The Nangoma hospital, which was founded in 1986 by Slovenian missionary Stanko Rozman, has 120 beds. The medical work depends to a great extent on the help of Slovenian medical students.


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