The eighth annual National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer took place in 88 shopping malls across South Africa on Saturday 28 September. In the Overstrand, three malls participated, including Whale Coast Mall in Hermanus.
This community-driven project brings individuals together who want to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening diseases by baking cupcakes. Since the first fundraiser eight years ago, Cupcakes for HOPE, which runs the Cupcake Day project, has helped more than 1 500 patients. “This is really the sweetest way to help a life,” said founder Sandy Cipriano.
Volunteers of the project are referred to as Cupcake Angels. One such ‘Cupcake Angel’ is Amina Gierdien, who organised the first Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer last year at the Whale Coast Mall. Members of the community are asked each year to pledge cupcakes for the volunteers to sell at the event, meaning that all the money raised goes straight to helping the children.
Amina baked roughly 800 cupcakes, with help from the Generation Schools Hermanus kitchen staff, and decorated the cupcakes with the further help of staff, parents and children from the school. The school also made its kitchen available for the baking. People donated cupcakes from as far as Cape Town and Worcester, and Tronette Dippenaar (head chef at The Marine) donated a further 250 beautifully decorated cupcakes to this worthy cause.
Amina would like to thank Grethe Conradie (marketing manager of Whale Coast Mall) for all her help in making this event possible; the volunteers who helped with baking, decorating and selling the cupcakes; the businesses and individuals for their donations of cash and ingredients; and each and every person who supported this event. At the end of Saturday, Amina and her team had managed to sell over 1 000 cupcakes!