Cupcake fundraiser brings sweet result

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Hundreds of dollars worth of cupcakes have been admired, devoured and savoured as part of Cromwell Primary School’s annual fundraiser.

The primary school initiative has benefited Ronald McDonald House this year to the tune of $700, with all proceeds going to the organisation.

The house provides a home away from home for families with sick children requiring hospital care, something Cromwell’s Moore family knows all too well.

Grace Moore (4) has been receiving chemotherapy over the past year to treat a brain tumour.

Her mum, Paula Moore, a former Cromwell Primary School pupil, said it was great to know the money raised this year would go to Ronald McDonald House.

The family has spent countless nights at the facility while Grace received treatment.

“We stayed at Ronald McDonald House [in Christchurch] for a little over five months last year,” Mrs Moore said.

They have also had to travel to Dunedin for treatment.

However, the city does not have one of the facilities, to the family’s disappointment.

“Ronald McDonald House in Christchurch was so easy. They just made everything so easy for us. Dunedin needs one,” Mrs Moore said.

The school has held the cupcake fundraiser for the past three years, supported by Otago tertiary college students, who bake and decorate the sweet treats at the Otago Polytech’s Central campus.

Level 3 tutor Carla Paranihi and Level 2 tutor Trish Wilson assisted with the project, which was completed on Friday morning.

The end result was 370 cup cakes, adorned with icing and edible decorations – all within three hours.

“They are fantastic,” Ms Paranihi said, of the end result.

Each year the fundraiser benefits a different organisation, principal Wendy Brooks said.

“Each year the whole school has a vote as to who we raise money for.

“It’s a nice wee community thing as well as a partnership with the polytech.”

Mrs Moore was grateful to everyone involved.

“I thought it was just fantastic that the kids thought it was a really worthy cause and knew enough about it,” she said.

“There’s a lot of families in Central Otago that need to use [Ronald McDonald House].

“If something really horrible goes wrong it’s there for you at no cost.

“It’s just incredible,” she said.

Ronald McDonald House South Island CEO Mandy Kennedy was also grateful for the school’s support.

“Community support like this is vital to keeping our doors open for families with a child in hospital, and we are so grateful to Cromwell School and Otago Polytechnic for their generosity. Last year, over 90 Otago families found a ‘home away from home’ with Ronald McDonald House South Island – so it’s amazing to [see] these students looking out for their own community,” she said.

“We’re urgently in need of new washing machines and dryers in our Christchurch house, so this donation is a fantastic kick start towards our $20,000 goal.”