Can you believe that Cupcakes of HOPE are celebrating their eighth National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer day on 28th September this year?
Founder Sandy Cipriano is calling on everyone to get involved, mark the date in their calendars, start baking and literally make a difference in the lives of children. She shares how her journey began after her friend lost her three-year-old daughter to cancer. As the owner of a restaurant ‘Rio Sol Portuguese Restaurant” in Vereeniging, South of Johannesburg, she realised that she could do something to change lives.
“The first year we raised R5000 and helped one little boy. Now we have helped more than 1500 patients… This is really the sweetest way to help save a life,” she said.
The funds raised, enable the organisation to assist about 70 patients each month to pay for their medical expenses, day-to-day needs like nutritional food and transport money to and from the hospital.
“This year we already have registered 65 new patients on our books. Last month we donated R25 000 to 16-year-old Damon for his prosthetic leg and a further R75 000 to Jordan who flew to the USA for his trial treatment,” said Cipriano
Essentially Cupcakes of HOPE is a community-driven project that brings everyone involved to ‘bake’ a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening diseases. Volunteers are called Cupcake Angels and can be anyone.
“Aged between three and ninety years old, students, firemen, lawyers and doctors, all come together from different backgrounds, income levels to bake a difference. All that is needed is a bit of time and loads of love. We want to spread cupcake love all across South Africa,” said Cipriano.
“Don’t forget for the month of September that Cupcakes of HOPE have partnered with national family restaurant chain Mugg & Bean. For every muffin ordered they will donate R5 to Cupcakes of HOPE. This is another way that people who want to help Cupcakes of Hope can do so. Invite your friends for coffee, order a muffin and it’s all done for you,” said Cipriano.
Want to Become a Cupcake Angel?
Becoming a Cupcake Angel is by far the sweetest way to save a life! Sign up and help spread the cupcake love! A free Angel Party Pack including leaflets, balloons, badges and branded baking cups will be delivered to participating entities.