Cupcake Day supporters across New Zealand made history through baking sales last week

Cupcakes make history

by Ann van Engelen

Community members involved in the SPCA Cupcake Day made history last week helping to raise more than $401,000 to care for the animals the organisation rescues.

“Together people across New Zealand fundraised this incredible amount through cupcake and bake sales to help our cause,” says SPCA communications manager Jessie Gilchrist.

“This is the most successful cupcake day in the history of the event, and in addition, we also had the most people sign up for the event with more than 1,600 people baking. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and loved seeing all the beautiful and delicious creations people made for their various activities.

“We help more than 41,000 animals every year across the country and the Christchurch centre is the third biggest SPCA in New Zealand.

“We had people selling baking at work, through school, at home and in community groups. Some supporters had an online virtual fundraiser, and that was also very popular, which is really amazing.

“We are blown away and humbled by the support as we never imagined we would raise this amount. We are so grateful to those who took part. It is encouraging to know the animals have the support of New Zealanders.”

The Christchurch SPCA are still in need of dog enrichment toys such as Kong toys.

“These food puzzles are important for shelter environment as they help keep the dogs mentally and physically stimulated as they work to get the food out.

“If you have any spare Kong toys your dog no longer needs we would be grateful to have them at our centre — 14 Wilmers Rd Hornby.”