Put on your happiest sweaters and head to Alexandra Park on Saturday to take part in a cupcake drive while helping raise funds for Make A Wish Bundaberg.
Fundraising coordinator April Schmid said fundraising day will include a cupcake drive through Bake A Wish, a happy jumping contest and a much-needed volunteer drive.
April said there are now fewer than 20 Make A Wish volunteers in Bundaberg and she hopes the recruitment drive will attract more community members to help the nonprofit.
“We desperately need more members,” she said.
“There are currently 19 dedicated members, including longtime member Lester Rogers who, after more than 30 years, is taking time off to travel.
“Most of our members are also getting older, so anyone who wants to help can come over and clarify more information on Saturday.
“There are no restrictions for volunteers, anyone can join and we meet on the third Monday of every month.”
On Saturday, friends and family can show off their favorite or furriest sweater in a fashion contest to support a good cause.
“The day we’ll have a happy jumping contest and entry is only $5, with the winner announced at 11 a.m.,” she said.
“We also ask people to bring winter woollens, whether it’s sweaters, blankets or winter clothes; as well as pastries, all of which will be donated to the homeless and needy through a local church.
April said that voluntary organization would also raise funds to help support children in Bundaberg with life-threatening illnesses.
“We’ll have a Bake A Wish cupcake drive — this fundraiser that came from a young girl named Poppy who wanted to bake as a way to pay for it,” April said.
“We hope to raise funds to support new wishes.”
Cupcakes raise funds for sick children
Make-A-Wish Australia CEO Sally Bateman said funds raised through Bake A Wish would be used to grant wishes for sick children.
“Our wish program receives no government funding, so we rely on the generosity of the public to continue granting wishes to seriously ill children,” Ms Bateman said.
“Wishes have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of sick children, as well as those of their families and communities.
“We encourage everyone to come to our Cupcake Drive and sample the baked goods and fun kids activities including face painting.
“It’s also an opportunity for those interested to learn more about joining Wish Force, the on-the-ground volunteer group that helps make our wishes come true.”
The Make A Wish Bundaberg Cupcake and Recruitment Campaign and Jolly Jumpers Contest will take place at the Rotunda in Alexandra Park on Saturday July 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
For more information on the Bake A Wish and Jolly Jumper competition call April 0475 077 302.