THE SWEETEST HIGH NOTE – Cupcakes of Hope raises the bar
South Africa’s sweetest non-profit company Cupcakes of HOPE just rang the bell – bettering the amount raised last year in the fight against children suffering from cancer – hitting the R2 065 807 mark for the first time.
“Thank you to every single person who baked, decorated, volunteered and donated their time and energy towards the making National CupCake day truly the sweetest day of the year. We will be able to bless so many more children in 2018/2019,” said founder Sandy Cipriano.
The event was held simultaneously on September 29 across 79 malls in South Africa and involved thousands of bakers – also known as Cupcake Angels – who began preparations many months before. The event is totally community driven relying on the commitment and resolve of bakers from as young as three years old right up until 90 years old to come together to ‘bake’ a difference in the lives of little cancer patients.
“This was the seventh time that this took place,” said Cipriano who started the charity in 2012. “Our mission is to raise awareness of childhood cancer and funds for kids with cancer who are in need of medical and financial assistance. We do this predominantly through our love of cupcakes.”
“This year we have been truly blessed with the most amazing and delicious cupcakes, all made with love. Last year we raised more than R1.8 million on National Cupcake Day, this year we aimed high and we got it. We had close to 200 000 cupcakes that were pledged – the only requirement being that the cupcakes had to be made with love.”
A Cupcake volunteer Aldah Bungane from Eastrand Mall said “Cupcakes of HOPE has been such an amazing charity, when my little daughter Thabile was diagnosed with cancer they assisted us every month by paying for additional medicine that she needed as well as transport money for us to take her for treatment at Joburg Gen Hospital. I really don’t know where we would be if it was not for these Angels helping us! It makes me happy that I can be here today and help raise more money for families like mine.”
Funds raised will go towards the medical and other day-to-day needs of little cancer patients. Cupcakes of HOPE assist up to 70 patients every month donating medical equipment to hospitals around the country.
“My favourite quote is from Mother Teresa. She said we can’t all do great things, but we can do little things with great love… and that is what Cupcakes of HOPE is all about,” said Cipriano
In 2017 Cupcakes of HOPE set a new Guinness World Record for the Tallest Tower of Cupcakes, 10,7m tall and this year the record is still there. The event raised R300 000 for children waiting to receive stem cell or bone marrow transplants. In addition the charity celebrated Nelson Mandela’s centennial by creating the World’s Largest Mandela – a three metre tall sculpted cake of the Mandela Statue.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Cupcakes of HOPE has designed an infographic with all the early warning signs of childhood cancer, early detection can help save a child’s life. These warning signs are available in all 11 official languages from their website – www.cupcakesofhope.org
On the 28th of July Cupcakes of HOPE created the World’s Largest Mandela Cake to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centennial as well as to celebrate the lives of our little cancer warriors. This 3m tall cake was created by the International Cake Master Winner Dot Klerck and her amazing team of Cupcake Angels… Angelique, Crystal, Jack, Quinzelle, Charmonique as well as 10 year old cancer warrior, Khyla Korb.
This cake weighed more than 750kg and consisted of the following: 1200 eggs, 100kg buttercream, 290kg chocolate, 60kg fondant, 175kg flour and nearly one ton of LOVE… And it took 5 days to complete!
Sandy Cipriano, the founder of Cupcakes of HOPE, says “This has been a very special event today and what made it even more special is that we had Mandela’s Grandchildren here to help celebrate this special day. Mandela said it is in our hands to make a difference in the community, and what we are doing at Cupcakes of HOPE is using our hand to “Bake” a difference in the community. We hope that this event will inspire more people to become Cupcake Angels, this is by far the SWEETEST way to SAVE a life”.
Thank you to all our amazing sponsors and volunteers for making this event possible: Sandton City Shopping Centre, Dot from Eat Cake Party, Hot 91.9FM, The Charl Schwartzel Charity Fund, SPAR, Bakels, Barco, Mugg & Bean, Sugar & Craft, Roman’s Pizza, Hilton Hotel, Blue Planet Design, Realise Product Design, Freedom Stationery, USABCO, SA Greetings, Prestige, Ellies, Level Products, Global Golf 4 Cancer, J&A Eggs and Dithakga Events.
#MandelaCupcakeChallenge #100mandela #MandelaCake #cupcakeangelsrock @cupcakesofhope
Why not celebrate Mandela’s centenary by joining #MandelaCupcakeChallenge this month. To take part in this challenge you (or your team) will need to bake 100 cupcakes and help raise R1 000 for children with cancer.
Follow these 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Visit www.cupcakesofhope.org to register forthe challenge (Challenge ends 31/7/2018)
Step 2: Bake 100 cupcakes to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s date of birth
Step 3: Enjoy the cupcakes with your friends and help raise funds for children with cancer (100 Cupcakes = R1 000) Funds to be donated to Cupcakes of HOPE
Step 4: Share your celebration fotos on social media #MandelaCupcakeChallenge
Every single cupcake baked will give hope to kids fighting cancer. Funds raised will go towards the medical or other day-to-day expenses of children with cancer.
For more info – Mandela@cupcakesofhope.org
Being a Mom is probably the biggest blessing in the world but being a Onco Mom is something that most of us will never experience but a true test to motherhood, but in our experience Onco Mom’s have super powers that not even they knew they had.
This year we asked our for Cupcake Angel’s to assist us in making Mother’s Day special for our Onco Mom’s, although their kiddo’s are in hospital they still want their mom’s to feel special. We asked our Cupcake Angels to assist us in making Mother’s Day special by donating hand cream, nail polish, biscuits and mugs.
Blessed beyond measure and as we started collecting donated gifts it was evident that so much time and love was put into each donation, it’s with the support of our amazing network that Mother’s Day was special …. THANK YOU CUPCAKE ANGEL’S our Onco Mom’s felt special and loved their special spoil.
Nursing is by far not for sissies, but being an Onco Nurse is a true calling and a job that only a selected few can take on. From our small glimpse into their world, they take on a massive responsibility and give the best care to many Warrior’s. They are part of a very important journey and face daily challenges that many of us think is impossible, they love as we do, they feel loss as we do, but every morning they get up and do it all over again. Yes the loss is hard yet there are many happy endings and that gives them so much purpose.
This year Nurse’s Day was on the 12th of May and in conjunction with our Mother’s Day visit we thought they deserved a spoil too. With the assistance of GlitzyGlam we arranged lip balm and gloss for each nurse, although something small it was just a little gesture to say thank you for everything that they do!
A big thank you to our Onco Nurses and for treating warriors as their own, always with a smile and for taking on such a special calling.
Last week Cupcake Angels spent the morning visiting Charlotte Maxeke and Donald Gordan Hospitals, it was time to spread some cupcake blessings over the Easter Holidays. It is always such a treat for the Warrior’s to do activity … a welcomed break from their reality! A big thank you to the staff at both hospitals who always make us feel welcome!
Of course, none of this is possible without to our Cupcake Angel’s who continuously support us through the year …. THANK YOU! We hope that you had a wonderful Easter.
We are very excited to announce that we are registered as a beneficiary for MySchool. We would love it if you would go and register with MySchool and choose us to benefit when you swipe your MySchool Card.
Click on the link and go and register: https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/
Celebrating International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day (15 February 2018) was a massive success this February with 43 registered parties of hope. Cupcake Angel’s around the country supported the #81partiesofhope campaign.
Why 81 you ask? Well … in 2017 we sadly received 81 new Warrior registrations. 81 more families faced with not only a financial burden but also the fear of facing childhood cancer.
Together as a team Cupcake Angel’s worked hard and had loads of fun in creating an awareness on the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer and raising funds to support our new families and continue to support our previously registered families.
The parties of Hope was a tribute to all our Warriors that in times of darkness Cupcake Angels acknowledge and recognize our brave Warrior’s!!
Thank you Cupcake Angels, without your support we wouldn’t be able to continue to bless our BRAVE WARRIORS!