Frosting to raise furry funds

Tauranga SPCA's Anna Porteous and Hannah Cobb with pooches Poppy and Pepper

The Tauranga SPCA is pulling on heart and apron strings for this year’s SPCA Cupcake Day, encouraging New Zealanders to arm themselves with a mixing bowl and wooden spoon in the fight against animal cruelty.

SPCA Cupcake Day on Monday, August 15, is the charity’s fun, community-driven annual fundraiser where cupcakes and other treats are baked and sold to raise funds for the SPCA’s ongoing protection and care of animals.

Now in its eighth year, SPCA Cupcake Day 2016 is aiming to be the biggest yet. Last year more than 1600 participants took to their kitchens, raising more than $390,000.

People are encouraged to register for the event and bake for friends, family, colleagues and classmates. All funds raised go directly towards helping animals in your local area. Tauranga SPCA Cupcake Day coordinator Hannah Cobb says Tauranga bakers who registered on the national website last year raised a little more than $7000. “The difference a donation makes in an animal’s life that we take in can be lifesaving – and we couldn’t do it without the help from supporters of our Cupcake Day.

“With just over 50 registrations last year in Tauranga alone raising that $7000, imagine if you took part as well?

“Whether you are an individual, school, business or café owner, imagine the incredibly positive impact that could have for the Tauranga SPCA’s animals?”

Tauranga SPCA has had its eggs for their Cupcake Day baking generously donated by Higgins Family Free Range, which are SPCA Blue Tick-approved farming to SPCA’s stringent high animal welfare standards.

All proceeds from the baking will be donated to the SPCA.

To take part in the national initiative, register to bake and sell as an individual, team or school at: www.spcacupcakeday.co.nz

Share photos of your sweet creations on the SPCA’s Facebook page at SPCACupcakeDayNZ and on Instagram and Twitter using the #SPCACupcakeDay