Our History

Cupcakes of HOPE is a Non-Profit Company (NPC 2012/103028/08) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO930053726), and our aim is to raise awareness and funds for families in need of medical assistance, we do this through our love of baking cupcakes… 

We have several events during the year but our main event is hosting South Africa’s National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer in September. This is an entirely community-driven project and an amazing event that brings the whole community together for an awesome cause! As September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we distribute leaflets with the Early Cancer Warning Signs.

Stories of Hope

Story of Hope

Meet seven year old Tiffany Malan who was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was only 19 months old. 

Tiffany’s mother, Stephanie, says that the hardest part of this journey was when Tiffany lost her eye due to cancer but knowing that she is in remission is just the best feeling ever. It is Tiffany’s dream to become a doctor and a teacher when she grows up.

Story of Hope

Seven year old Melti Globler was first diagnosed with AML Leukaemia in 2013. He received intensive chemo and in January 2017 the family received the devastating news that he relapsed and needed a stemcell transplant. Unfortunately they needed to raise the funds to have this procedure done and this is where Cupcakes of HOPE played a part in helping to save little Melti’s life. Cupcakes of HOPE donated R270 000 towards this procedure which took place in 2018. We are so please to announce that Melti is doing very well at the moment and is CANCER FREE.

Melanie Grobler, Melti’s mom says: “Thank you for the life saving difference you made. Thank you for giving Melti a chance at life. He needed the transplant and you helped to make it possible. 

Story of Hope

My name is Babalwa Mdladlamba, a single mother of a 6 year old daughter named Sonwabise Mdladlamba, affectionately called Soso at home, school and in the community.

Soso was diagnosed with Ratinoblastoma (cancer of an eye) in January 2014, she was only 18 months old. The doctors had to remove the affected eye to save her life.

During 2014 Soso had 16 radiation therapy and 12 chemotherapy sessions. This process of treatment was too much for my little girl but she fought like a warrior and kicked cancer’s butt.

Story of Hope

We have met the most wonderful people with enormous hearts willing to assist parents like us, with a child diagnosed with cancer. This group of dedicated people are called Cupcakes of Hope. We met this group by chance in the East Rand Mall just after Joshua was diagnosed with cancer. It was National Cupcake Day, when we saw these ladies in pink with cupcakes. We went over to them to see what all the fuss was about, (and to buy cupcakes).

Joshua had an instantaneous connection to most of the people there. We got to know all the Cupcakes angels and their families. We also learnt what Cupcakes of Hope do to assist families like ours.

Story of Hope

I first heard about Cupcakes of Hope at Charlotte Maxeke children’s oncology unit from the other mothers in the unit with their children. As we sat talking about how hard it is being a single parent and having to look after a sick child….

The help Cupcakes of HOPE have given my daughter and myself has been tremendous, I couldn’t have done this on my own without their help, they help me with transport money to and from Roodepoort to the hospital in park town (Charlotte Maxeke) where my daughter Nisha Chouhan aged 18, who was diagnosed with Hoskins Lymphoma stage 3, receives treatment. We need to catch 4 busses to get to the hospital for treatment which consists of 12 days a month, sometimes more.

Meeting Oprah

Many of you have asked how this project started. I have always loved Oprah’s Angel Network and it showed me that we can all make a difference in someone’s life. You don’t need money to make a difference, all you need is a bit of time and LOADS OF LOVE!

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In 2009 we had our first fundraiser at our restaurant, Rio Sol Portuguese Restaurant, in Vereeniging. The first year we raised R5 000, the following year R50 000 and so it grew and grew. In 2011, Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer set a NEW WORLD RECORD for the MOST Cupcakes on Display – 21 000. Through this achievement we were able to raise R200 000 for kids with cancer.

What is even more amazing is that I always knew I would meet Oprah Winfrey one day, I just NEVER realised it would be at our restaurant. Yes, Oprah has been to Rio Sol on three occasions, and I feel honoured that she enjoyed her meals with us.

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