Imagine discovering that your child has a serious, life threatening illness. For countless parents around Australia, this is an everyday reality. And while nothing can take away the pain, hardship and sadness that comes with overcoming or living with a serious illness, there are ways to brighten that child’s day.
One of them is through cake.
Cake Angels is a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers around Australia that provides celebration cakes and other goodies to children who are sick.
The purpose of Cake Angels is simple – “to provide a beautiful cake and other treats to make the day even more special for a seriously ill child.” Feast your eyes on some of the glorious birthday cakes that volunteers have made for sick kids.
Established in 2011 as a small idea by Melbourne mum Kirsty Bishop-Fox, the concept has boomed into an Australian-wide charity with countless volunteers baking celebration cakes and treats for children and for families who are battling illnesses and diseases that most of us cannot even imagine.
“The child may need to be hospitalised on their birthday, the parents may be suffering financially or the family as a whole may have been through so much that a little extra something is warranted,” Cake Angels explains on the website.
Cake Angels tells Babyology that most of the cake requests come through organisations like Ronald McDonald House, Heartkids and Bear Cottage and it’s not just cakes on the menu. While birthday and celebration cakes are the focal point, volunteers also bake slices, sweets and even jelly to serve at the various events held around the country to brighten the spirits of the little ones who need it the most.
It’s been nearly five years since Cake Angels started and Kirsty tells us that the requests continue to pour in. The organisation is run entirely by volunteers, including bakers, cake makers and mums who simply want to help out by donating their time to organise on Cake Angels’ behalf.
Cake Angels is always on the lookout for more people to get involved and help, especially during the festive season when the organisation is called on to help cater for charity events right around Australia.
“You don’t have to be an expert in the baking industry,” Kirsty explains. “All you need is a desire to do something special. A lot of our volunteers donate their time just to make a difference.”
Cake Angels have events around Australia, some of which cater to thousands of children and the spreads are sensational to say the least. The smiles these birthday and celebration cakes bring to the faces of young children are even more beautiful.
For many of the children that Cake Angels donates cakes to, life is not nearly long enough and not even close to fair. But through these small cake donations, Cake Angels and the beautiful volunteers behind the charity are giving seriously ill children their chance to have their cake, and eat it too.