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Every so often on the blog I like to highlight charities that are doing fantastic work helping babies, kids and families. From donating shoes and nappies to Christmas shoeboxes, helping others gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling. It’s also the right thing to do. I want my tornadoes to know that the world shouldn’t be all about “me, me, me”.

One inspiring organisation doing an amazing job bringing smiles to the faces of sick kids is the Cake Angels Network.

Cake Angels donate custom designed celebration cakes to children with serious medical challenges, to help create treasured memories of their special day. A child may need to be hospitalised on their birthday, the parents may be suffering financially or the family as a whole may have been through so much that a little extra something is warranted.

Cake Angels was established in 2011 when founder Kirsty Bishop-Fox facilitated some cake decorating workshops in Melbourne. The demonstration cakes were donated to the local Ronald McDonald House and were gratefully received. When her students were told of this, they suggested that they too would like to donate cakes to benefit sick children and suggested making birthday cakes for them. So when a second delivery of demonstration cakes was made, Kirsty discussed the possibility with staff at Ronald McDonald House who, coincidentally, were looking at starting a birthday club for the children they support.

When word got out about what Cake Angels do, cake decorators started offering to donate their course cakes or to make cakes by request for seriously ill kids. Cakes are now donated across Australia.

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Alyssa has Spinal Muscular Atrophy which is a type of Motor Neurone disease. She was diagnosed with it at 6 months and they didn’t expect her to live past 2. Considering that Alyssa is turning 11, she has come a long way against the odds.

 

Cake Angels is run completely by volunteers, some are hobbyists and some run their own cake decorating business. All have not only a love of baking cakes, but also the desire to support a deserving cause and to make a difference.

Cake Angels is currently looking to expand its network by creating a solid database of volunteers throughout Australian cities and regional areas who are willing to bake and decorate. You don’t need to be a professional baker or decorator, anyone with a passion for baking and making a difference is welcome to register. Simply register as a volunteer and when there is a request in your area you’re contacted.

If you’re not into cakes but love cooking, there is another way to help. A smaller aspect (but enjoyed just as much) are occasional larger scale events such as Christmas parties. You can help by donating items such as cakes, slices, sweets, jelly and other goodies to help create a wonderful celebration for the kids.

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Meet Emily and Claire. Emily was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011, it was removed, then in 2012 she started chemo when she was in Prep. As a result her immune system was affected so it means that she has missed a lot of school. Fortunately Ronald McDonald Family Room Wodonga Learning Program are providing tuition to support Emily.

 

If you’re like me and not the baking type, then spread the word to your own network and foodie friends! Help Cake Angels expand their network of volunteers so more seriously ill kids across all parts of Australia can benefit. One happy moment which brings a smile to a kid’s face, can become their most cherished memory.

Head to the Cake Angels website for more information and to register as a volunteer. You can also follow Cake Angels on Facebook and Instagram to see the many wonderful cake creations and gorgeous smiles on the faces of some amazing kids.

Do you have a passion for baking and could register as a volunteer in your area?

Can you help spread the word to grow the Cake Angels network of volunteers across Australia?