The launch of our fundraising initiative Bake 4 Refugees was a huge success. We were lucky enough to be joined by the wonderful Jess Mill from Help Refugees who gave a great talk to explain to everyone about how the different ways the money we were raising would be used to support refugees across Greece, Calais and the Middle East . The best thing about fundraising for this organisation is that ALL the money goes directly to those in desperate need. They don't spend money on advertising or CEO's.
On this occasion I did all the baking myself. I think next time I will encourage people to donate some of them as it was a lot of extra work! We had a great turnout of around 20 adults and 10 kids. They were a mixture of old friends (some of whom I hadn't seen for ages, it's a great opportunity to get in touch with everyone), family, neighbours and soon to be friends (parents from my daughters school who I didn't know yet). I baked; Chocolate Nutella Cake, Cinnamon & Salted Caramel Bundt, Caramelised Pecan & Banana Cake, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Wheat Free Brownies & Violet Blueberry Cupcakes. Recipes to follow....
The idea of this fundraising initiative is to create a ground swell of people hosting their own bake sales. You can do one at work, school or even at home (like I did). It doesn't matter how much you raise the main thing is to spread the word. Every time one takes place it gives us all the opportunity to share the idea with other people. The idea is that at each sale at least one person takes the baton and goes off and does their own event. This way we can grow the movement exponentially. If we all work together we can create an ongoing fundraising movement that will make a huge difference to the lives of human beings that are being forced to live as refugees through no fault of their own.
What to do
Go to this page for all the information you need to get your own event up and running: http://www.cookiegirl.co.uk/bake-4-refugees-1/
Don't forget to keep us posted with pictures etc @RealCookieGirl (Twitter & Instagram) and Bake 4 Refugees (Facebook). Please use #bake4refugees as much as you can to help spread the word.