~ Johannesburg parent inspires others to help with the fight against childhood cancer ~

International Childhood Cancer Day takes place on 15th February 2019, and although the fight against childhood cancer sadly doesn’t keep a ‘calendar’, celebrating this day helps families like the Beveridge’s turn the attention on the reality associated with this awful disease and the devastation left in its wake; by sharing their story of hope that can encourage others to do their bit by being like #TinyTheMighty and #COHbakeadifference.

Natalie and her oldest son, Connor.

The Beveridge’s – from Dainfern, Johannesburg; had to suffer the unthinkable as, only 6-weeks after his initial diagnosis, their 9-month old baby boy, Keiran passed away from an aggressive type of childhood cancer known as AML Leukaemia.  Faced with this loss, Keiran’s mom, Natalie and his family undertook to weave his story into the tapestry of their family life story by making it something beautiful, and have inspired a extraordinary movement of love as people from within their family and friends’ circle – as well as perfect strangers, united and either donated blood through Natalie’s SANBS supported blood drive in September 2018 with Cupcakes of Hope and he again in November last year.

TinyTheMighty: Keiran

“Through the ordeal of having to (very quickly) get up to speed and understand the needs of children undergoing chemotherapy treatment (check out Cupcakes of Hope’s Early Warning Signs here), we very soon realised the devastating shortage South Africa has of blood needed for the transfusions associated with the aggressive treatment program,” says Natalie. “Having stood on the side-lines of Keiran’s journey, unable to do anything more than we were, we soon learned to appreciate the tiniest things that have the capacity to make the biggest impact – which is testament to our #TinyTheMighty’s inspired blood drive that saw 254 people – 80% of which were new donors, make their donation.”

Natalie will be initiating the next #TinyTheMighty blood drive on the 23rd and 24th of February between 9am-3pm at Dainfern Golf Estate in conjunction with her own Cupcakes of Hope party. To encourage others to donate blood with #TinyTheMighty and #COHbakeadifference with Cupcakes of Hope, KitchenAid is giving away a gorgeous mixer valued at R10,000 to one lucky winner who hosts their own Cupcakes of Hope ‘bake’ a difference initiative on International Childhood Cancer Day on 15th February 2019.

For more info visit the Cupcakes of Hope’s website, follow them on Facebook or email Join Keiran’s legacy by visiting his Facebook page @KeiranKickingCancer   and get down to the Dainfern Golf Estate on the 23rd and 24th of February between 9am-3pm for the  SANBS, #TinyTheMighty blood drive.

“It is through this abundant display of love that I have committed to honouring my son in everything I do!” – Natalie Beveridge, Keiran’s Mom


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~ And tells children fighting cancer that if ‘they keep fighting, I’ll keep baking!’ ~

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As we celebrate International Childhood Cancer Day on 15th February 2019, we turn the spotlight onto a little girl – Chelsey, who although doesn’t suffer from any cancer related illnesses herself, is the driving force behind a series of local fund raising initiatives. Chelsey says she’s also ready for her first Cupcakes of Hope ‘baking’ challenge of 2019 to support International Childhood Cancer Day and is calling other South Africans to do the same. 

Eight-year-old Chelsey, a pupil at Beaches Primary School, decided to ‘bake’ a difference last November and together with Woolworths Ballito Junction raised in excess of R12,000.00 for children fighting cancer. Chelsey did this by baking, and icing 150 cupcakes which she gave out at Ballito Junction for a R10 donation towards Cupcakes of Hope – a non-profit organisation that supports and raises funds for families fighting childhood cancer by encouraging volunteers to simply ‘BAKE’ a difference and donating their cupcakes.

Chelsey’s inspiration to get involved with Cupcakes of Hope was through her mom who wanted to find an initiative that she could get involved with that would help patients during their time fighting the disease. Chelsey decided she wanted to become a Cupcake Angel herself so signed up and is now involved in helping celebrate cancer milestones and happy birthdays and will continue helping these sick children fight this awful disease (check out Cupcakes of Hope’s Early Warning Signs here).

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To encourage others to also #COHbakeadifference, KitchenAid is giving away a gorgeous mixer valued at R10,000 to one lucky winner who hosts their own Cupcakes of Hope ‘bake’ a difference initiative on International Childhood Cancer Day on 15th February 2019. The great thing about this is that anyone can take part, young or old; it can be hosted at a school, at a local community centre or even in your workplace. For more info visit the Cupcakes of Hope’s website, follow them on Facebook or email

Kegan’s Birthday

Meet Kegan, our Cupcakes of HOPE’s first cancer patient we helped in 2009. Kegan’s story shows us that MIRACLES happen every single day, no matter what happens, NEVER ever LOSE HOPE!
A special THANK YOU to everyone who has “baked” a difference in the lives of children with cancer, your labour of love has made a huge difference… giving them hope when they needed it the most <3

Thank you to everyone who played a part in making Kegan’s Birthday celebration possible:
Kulula – for sponsoring the flights, dressing up in your Super Hero capes and creating awareness for childhood cancer, you guys are AWESOME!
uSHAKA – meeting Gambit The Dolphin was so special for Kegan
Mugg & Bean – our meals were delicious
Spar – thank you for the party packs
Michelle Manicum for the stunning Birthday Cake
Marte-Lize v/d Merwe & Michelle Gebhardt for the Cupcake Cookies
Taryn vd Westhuizen for the toys
Rich Photography for capturing this special day.

Cupcake Day 2018

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 – 


The World’s LARGEST Mandela Cake

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 

2018 National Cupcake Day Malls Announced



1 Bay-side Mall Tarryn Radov 0833407547
1 Bay-side Mall Tracey Du Toit 0810152802
2 Blue Route Mall Dominique Taylor 0823627277
3 Canal Walk Jeandre Easton 0792956516
3 Canal Walk Erica Rhoode 0712905422
4 Cape Gate Paula Wiese 0845805371
4 Cape Gate Lisa Moreira 0845636342
5 Mountain Mill Riana Grove 0824539543
5 Mountain Mill Elri Mienie 0829779514
6 N1 City Mall Susan Carstens 0825633868
6 N1 City Mall Curina Victor 0825751394
7 Paarl Mall Judy Theunissen 083 292 1823
8 Tygervalley Michelle Hamman 0727688907
8 Tygervalley Dalida Mendes 0833832151
9 Promenade Mall Shireen Delily 0723333313
9 Promenade Mall Bonita Hickley 0761700523
10 Somerset West Michelle Liebenberg 0768325650
10 Somerset West Melanie van der Merwe 0782515315


11 Weskus Mall Joanne Huyster 0227036900
12 Knysna Juliana Glad 0828201900
13 George-Eden Meander Louise Cornforth 0825676468
14 Whale Coast Mall (Hermanus) Amien Gierdien 0823734789
15 Longbeach Claudette 0788299195
16 Kleinmond & Betty’s Bay Chantelle 0768322282


17 Khalahari Mall Upington Mariza Viljoen 0721006139
18 Pick & Pay Upington Mariza Viljoen 0721006139


19 Baywest PE Ibtisaam Isaacs 0747778911
20 Greenacres PE Ibtisaam Isaacs 0747778911
21 Walmerpark SC Ibtisaam Isaacs 0747778911
22 Uitenhage Deisre Cloete 0844413838
23 Fountains Mall J-bay Janelle Stokker 0837190598


24 Goldfields Mall (Welk) Louise 0825769033
25 Mimosa Mall Norma 0833789292
26 Loch Logan Norma 0833789292


27 Alberton City Gregg Whittal 0832998323 
28 Clearwater Mall Melissa Quinn 0739577764
29 Cradlestone Susan De Freitas 0834389792
30 Cresta Lisa Blignaut 0828552311
31 East gate Mall Lori Anne Hill 0781394930
32 East Rand Mall Dawn Viljoen 0718901230
34 14th Avenue Shopping Centre Marquerit van der Merwe 0794155773
34 14th Avenue Shopping Centre Jessica Gordon 0711700634
35 Keywest Bianca van Vuuren 0732438750
36 Mall of the South Lucy Fernandes 0724168005
37 Mall@Carnival Hermien Anastacia 0833200867
38 Northgate Michelle Roulstone 0832309820
39 Stoneridge Anthea Koen 0845595332
40 The Glen Lucy Fernandes 0724168005
41 Village Square Amanda Van Wyk 0783710156


42 Ballito Lifestyle Centre Taryn van der Westhuizen 0825610088
43 Ballito Junction Taryn van der Westhuizen 0825610088
44 Bluff Hillside Mall Hanna Swart 0760395315
45 Boardwalk (RB) Melanie Botha 0833733320
46 Gateway Michelle Manicum 08339375 99
47 La Lucia Mall Chantel Lancaster 0844417968
48 Liberty Midlands Mall Michelle Chengan 0835600028
49 Shelly Centre Beaudene Jameson 0618571269
50 The Pavillion Lettie Cornelissen 0844608382
50 The Pavillion Faye Pramraj 0789379348
51 Cornubia Mall Sindhera Avikaar 083 570 1594
52 Galleria Mall  Shyanne Kanayee 0793437291
53 Watercrest Mall Cait Morris 0833002482
54 The Crescent Yajna Nankhoo 082556 8324
56 Chatsworth Livinia Ramasami 0832454071


57 Ilanga Mall in Nelspruit Jacki Van Zyl 0833019247
58 Riverside Mall Jacki Van Zyl 0833019247
59 The Grove Superspar Jacki Van Zyl 0833019247
60 White River Super Spar Jacki Van Zyl 0833019247
61 Crossings Superspar Jacki Van Zyl 0833019247
62 Highveld Mall Jacki Van Zyl 0833019247
63 Secunda Mall Fatima De Ponte 073515 6106


64 Mafikeng Charlise Watson-Thomas 0762152990
65 Brits Mall Janine Janse van Rensburg 0727219106
66 Village Mall Harties Adele Potgieter 0825199062
67 MooiRivier Mall Elmarieta 0826836055 
68 Waterfall Mall Rustenburg Cornel en Rentia 0727552103


69 Polokwane Louise Jansen 0646462906


70 Kolonnade Retail Yvonne van Niekerk 0836518913,
71 Kolonnade SC Yvonne van Niekerk 0836518913,
72 Mall@Redds Luneldi vd Westhuizen 0609627422
73 Menlyn Mall Anzelle Fourie 0739586751
74 The Grove Marce Venter 0726075390
  The Grove Quintin Bekker 0842992142
75 Woodlands Anzelle Fourie 0739586751


76 Vanderbijlpark Vaal Mall Nicole Menino 0793551379
77 Rio Sol Vereeniging Michelle Leal Flooks 0797457697
78 Vereeniging Riversquare Rouna Schoeman 0762030534
78 Vereeniging Riversquare Quinette Mundell 0727015047
79 Sasolburg Square Martie Kemp 0715747128