A sweet way to help children with cancer

By Chevon Booysen Time of article published Sep 16, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and those looking to ‘bake’ a difference – from as young as 3 years old – are invited to take part in the Cupcakes of Hope #Bake4Cancer fund-raiser during this month.

And in anticipation of the sweetest day of the year, September 25, also known as National Cupcake Day, volunteers can look forward to virtually baking cupcakes with local and international celebrities in aid of #Bake4Cancer.

The Cupcakes of Hope non-profit organisation aims to get 3 000 bakers to register, and help them raise funds to reach their target of R3 million this month.

While childhood cancer is a difficult journey, Cupcakes of Hope offers a light-hearted, fun and rewarding way to help children and families in need. Volunteers, known as Cupcakes Angels, are between the ages of 3 and 90 years old, and generously offer their time to make a difference.

Any recipe can be used.

Hosting a #Bake4Cancer fund-raiser is a wonderful way to bring family, friends and colleagues together for a good cause. From school fund-raisers, pop-up shops and neighbourhood cake sales to corporate team-building activities, every little bit counts.

The funds raised will enable Cupcakes of Hope to continue to support 120 children and their families every month.

This includes covering their medical bills and other essential needs, from nappies to nutrition and everything in between. In August, Cupcakes of Hope registered 29 new patients, with the youngest being only 10 months old.

A total of 137 patients and their families have been assisted financially, and 450 activity packs have been delivered to 20 paediatric oncology wards across South Africa.

When registering as a Cupcake Angel, bakers will receive a complimentary Angel Pack, complete with a #Bake4Cancer apron, information leaflets, cupcake holders, a recipe card and balloons.

Participants need only cover the national courier cost of R120 to have the pack delivered to their homes.

Additionally, a celebrity virtual bake-along will take place on Saturday September 25 from 10am to 11am. Cupcake Angel and media personality Taryn Louch will be joined by Celebrity Chef Ben Ungermann of Masterchef Australia fame, and radio and television personality Leigh-Anne Williams.

The bake-along can be joined on the Cupcakes of Hope Facebook and Instagram pages.

For those who prefer to show their support by eating instead, visit the Cupcakes of Hope website to check where you can buy a cupcake to enjoy.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit www.cupcakesofhope.org or contact Rochelle Crause at 082 923 7023 or [email protected]

Cape Times

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