RSPCA Cupcake Day 2016

RSPCA Cupcake Day 2016

Today is the 9th RSPCA Cupcake Day - the day when many hundreds of cupcakes will be baked, sold and consumed in homes, cafes, businesses, and schools right around Tasmania, raising funds for Tasmania’s peak animal welfare charity.

Cupcake Day is one of RSPCA’s Tasmania’s major fundraising programs. This year’s target is $40,000 and to date, 230 people statewide have registered on the RSPCA Cupcake Day website. However, many more individuals and businesses traditionally are “unofficially” fundraising for the campaign, which runs throughout all of August.

All funds raised from the campaign are critical to sustaining the operations of RSPCA Tasmania’s three Animal Care Centres and its statewide Inspectorate service, which investigates cruelty complaints.
Each year RSPCA cares for around 4,500 animals and investigates approximately 3,000 animal cruelty complaints.

For 2016 RSPCA Tasmania has added a new dimension to the Cupcake Day campaign, introducing the inaugural Schools Challenge, encouraging schools around the state to compete with each other in raising funds for Cupcake Day.
The Risdon Vale Primary School on Hobart’s eastern shore is one of 33 Tasmanian schools whose students have enthusiastically embraced Cupcake Day.

With a big day of cupcake sales expected at their official Cupcake Day stall today, Risdon Vale Primary’s Year 4/5 students have already raised several hundred dollars through online donations and are hoping to raise close to $1,000 overall.

Risdon Vale Primary School teacher Michelle Gearman has been a driving force behind the school’s Cupcake Day fundraising. She says it wasn’t difficult persuading the students to embrace the Cupcake Day campaign after an educational visit from RSPCA Tasmania CEO Peter West.

The students were very excited to help the RSPCA after that visit and they’ve really got into the spirit, bringing cupcakes from home for sale at school,” said Michelle.

This exercise has been a real winner from the school’s perspective because it fits so well with the Australian curriculum, covering maths, English and even science. The social development opportunities are enormous as well.

Beyond all that, it’s a great way to raise lots of money for this wonderful charity!

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