September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This year, National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer will be held on Saturday September 24 at 63 participating malls across the country.
Cupcakes of Hope is a non-profit company that creates awareness and raises funds for children with cancer by baking cupcakes.
Last year, Cupcakes of Hope raised R1.5 million on National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer.
This money has helped more than 500 patients by paying for their medical or other day-to-day expenses.
Cupcakes of Hope also spoils patients on their birthdays and organises special “end of treatment” surprises.
Sandy Cipriano, founder of Cupcakes of Hope, says: “It is amazing to see how the whole community gets involved to help these brave little patients.”
On Wednesday September 24, Capetonians can visit Somerset Mall, Tygervalley Centre, Cape Gate Shopping Centre, N1 City Mall, Bayside Mall, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Worcester Mall and Vangate Mall, where, for a R10 donation, they will get a cupcake “that has been made with love”.
Although the main fund-raising event happens in September, Cupcakes of Hope holds awareness events throughout the year.
Schools, companies and individuals can also host their own Party of Hope by registering online.
Once registered, they will receive a free Angel Party Pack that includes awareness pamphlets, baking cups, badges and balloons – everything you need to prepare for your Party of Hope.
Party of Hope co-ordinator Michelle Larsen says, “We invite young and old to become Cupcake Angels, it’s by far the sweetest way to save a life.”
Cupcakes of Hope has designed an infographic to help educate parents on the early warning signs of childhood cancer.
This is now available in 16 languages on its website – www.cupcakesofhope.org.
Ms Cipriano says: “It is so important for parents to know what to look out for because early detection can save a child’s life.”
* For more information, visit www.cupcakesofhope.org or email email@example.com.