SPCA’s Cupcake Day sweet initiative for animals

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By SHELLEY TOPP

More than 46,000 abused, neglected, injured or abandoned animals end up in SPCA care nationwide, every year.

Next Monday, August 14, the SPCA is asking Kiwis nationwide to bake sweet treats for sale to friends, family, colleagues and classmates during Cupcake Day, so the charity can continue helping animals.

This year the SPCA hopes to raise $400,000 on Cupcake Day.

It is the charity’s annual fundraiser and the money raised will go directly towards helping animals in each collection area.

Animals like an angora rabbit named Cupcake, who was rescued alongside her brothers and sisters after their mother had been hit and killed by a car, will benefit from the fundraiser.

The baby rabbits were only a day old when they arrived at the SPCA’s Canterbury centre in Christchurch where they were carefully nursed and nurtured, day and night initially, until they were old enough for adoption.

Cupcake was eventually adopted by her main carer, Ally Hall, who developed a strong bond with the young rabbit during her time at the centre and she now has a forever home with her.

Cupcake Day is a fun-filled community-driven fundraiser which began in 2009. Since then SPCA supporters have raised more than $2 million for the charity by baking and selling cupcakes and other treats throughout the day.

It is easy to get involved in Cupcake Day. You can register to bake and sell as an individual, team or school at www.spcacupcakeday.co.nz.

After registering, you will receive plenty of ideas, recipes, inspiration and tips to make your event special and the SPCA is encouraging all Cupcake Day participants to use SPCA Blue Tick approved eggs in their baking.