~ 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.
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.
“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 email@example.com. 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!’ ~
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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