Monday, June 3, 2013

What do cupcakes, red lips and a country town have in common?

What do cupcakes, red lips and a country town have in common?

Read on & find out! There should be more people in the world like you Purdie, what an amazing achievement! x

I’m a country girl through and through.
For almost all of my 35 years, I’ve called Balaklava home. I thought I knew everything there was to know about country living.

But it wasn’t until last Wednesday when I experienced first hand, just how much heart a country community can have.

My mother-in-law passed away 12 months ago after a brave 25-year journey with Multiple Scle-rosis. We watched her slowly deteriorate and her quality of life cruelly being snatched away. It was heart breaking.
Wanting to do something in her honour, I organised a fundraiser in my local town of Balaklava.


 My wonderful team of helpers and I ran a cupcake stall, coinciding with the national “Kiss Good-bye to MS” campaign held during May.
And what a response we got!

To my disbelief, we pre-sold almost 40 dozen to local businesses, schools and workplaces and sold another 20 dozen on the stall. To come home with only three cupcakes, from almost 700 was quite simply amazing.

The stall was a sea of red and white, with cupcakes beautifully decorated with gorgeous red lips, red stars, jaffas and red sprinkles. Some people even said it was the most professional ‘trading table’ they’d ever seen!
We also sold show bags & raffle tickets and held a ‘guess the number of red & white lollies in the jar competition”.

More than $4,000 was raised from cupcakes and show bags alone.
I am forever grateful to each and every person and business who helped and supported in any way. It was a total team effort.

Days like last Wednesday is what living in a country community is all about.
I went to bed that night feeling incredibly blessed and humbled.
But most of all, I was full of pride. Proud that our little community helped make someone’s life with MS easier and edged that bit closer to a cure.
Well done Balaklava - for a small town, you have a massive heart!

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Footnote: MS is a debilitating condition, that slowly affects the messages from the brain to the body. It’s affects more than 23,000 Australians, most being diagnosed between 20 and 40 years of age. Of those affected, 3 out of 4 are women.

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