RSPCA’s Cupcake Day
RSPCA’s Cupcake Day is officially on Monday 21 August but bakers across the nation have already raised more than $141,000 to help rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home the 135,000 animals the organisation says goes through its shelters every year.
Whether you involve your colleagues, school community, friends or family, Cupcake Day is a simple and light-hearted way to talk about a dark and difficult subject – animal cruelty – while raising funds for a good cause.
With a week left to go, you still have time to organise a bake sale at school, bring cupcakes to work and ask for donations, or plan a cupcake party at home this weekend. Here’s how to get started.
1. Personalise your fundraising page
After registering here with your state, personalise your page with a photo and a bit of information about yourself.
2. Tell people so they can support you
Make sure you let your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues know why you’re participating in Cupcake Day and why animal welfare is so important to you.
Update your Facebook status, tweet about it, and start a conversation anywhere you can – like when you’re waiting for the school bus with the other parents and carers.
3. Get baking
4. It’s time to decorate
Sprinkles, icing sugar, marzipan shaped like tiny dogs or zombies – anything goes to cupcake decorating! Check out the video above for a few decorating tips.
5. Bank your funds
Event organisers at the RSPCA say the easiest way for your supporters to donate is via credit or debit card, or PayPal. Direct them to click on the ‘Give Now’ button on your personal fundraising page to donate and be emailed a receipt.
If you collect cash donations, you can deposit these to your fundraising page using your own credit card, debit card or PayPal account. You can then bank the cash or cheques into your personal account.
6. Show your gratitude
A simple “thank you” email to all your donors and baking buddies is a great way to finish the event – and acknowledge the wonderful people in this world who value the welfare of animals.