Pet-lovers ‘Bake a Difference’ for sweetest day of the year

Annual National Cupcake Day takes place on February 29

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

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Residents are whipping up dozens of cupcakes for the Fort McMurray SPCA’s (FMSPCA) celebration of “Bake a Difference” campaign. With the annual National Cupcake Day™ on February 29, the pet-friendly social profit is inviting the public to support the cause by coming to the local shelter for sweet treats.

“With the help of our volunteer bakers, we are hoping to have more than 12 dozen cupcakes baked with love and available by donation at the shelter,” said Fort McMurray Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Executive Director Tara Clarke.

“With the help of our volunteer bakers, we are hoping to have more than 12 dozen cupcakes baked with love and available by donation at the shelter,” said Fort McMurray Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Executive Director Tara Clarke. “Companies and groups interested in purchasing cupcakes from the FMSPCA are welcome to order the number of cupcakes required beforehand to ensure we have enough cupcakes to go around on the sweetest day of the year.”

From offices at local businesses to inside classrooms, Clarke explains how the previous community involvement has gone city-wide.

“Many companies and local businesses participate every year, often holding multiple cupcake events to maximize funds raised and participation,” she said.

According to the National Cupcake Day™ website, animal lovers across Canada raised over $550,000 to support local animal shelters.

This year, local organizers have created a classroom challenge, where the most funds raised by the top three classes will receive prizes of special visits to the shelter, and even win the chance to name a shelter pet.

To take get involved, participants will need to register online at www.nationalcupcakeday.ca and personalize their online bakery. The next step is to tell everyone they are taking part, and then start baking. They are encouraged to bring cupcakes to their workplace, deliver to friends and family, host a cupcake party of their own and/or drop by the event at the FMSPCA.

“Cupcakes will be available at participating businesses and partners, until March 31 and details are available on our social media pages,” she said.

After registering, participants will receive an official Cupcake Day Host Kit. The website states this will take up to ten days by mail. With the 29th vastly approaching, Clarke shared the sweetness will continue until the end of March, so residents still have the time to partake in baking and/or buying.

“Cupcakes will be available at participating businesses and partners, until March 31 and details are available on our social media pages,” she said.

Funds raised will support the safe and caring services the FMSPCA provides to all communities in our region including medical care, food and shelter for animals in our care education for children and youth and a safe haven for pets of families fleeing domestic violence.

To learn more visit, www.nationalcupcakeday.ca and drop by the local shelter from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 155 MacAlpine Crescent on February 29 to purchase cupcakes made by pet-lovers.

– Connect Weekly –