Lord Roberts CC participates in Cupcake Day fundraiser


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National Cupcake Day is Mon., Feb. 29. But this day is not only about cupcakes. It is also a fundraiser for Humane Societies and Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs) across Canada.

Canadian animal lovers can register online at nationalcupcakeday.ca to plan and host a cupcake day party. All proceeds from these events can be donated to a local Cupcake Day-registered animal shelter. This year, the Winnipeg Humane Society is registered with National Cupcake Day.

Jennefer Larsen, a Lord Roberts resident and a member-at-large of the board of directors at Lord Roberts Community Centre is getting ready to run her second National Cupcake Day fundraiser at the community centre.

“I’ve always been a supporter of the Winnipeg Humane Society,” Larsen said. “I saw an article on the National Cupcake Day fundraiser in a Winnipeg Human Society newsletter and decided to organize an event at Lord Roberts.

“We just opened registration and already four children have signed up,” she added.

Last year, school-age children decorated cupcakes for the fundraiser at no cost. Parents and people from the community bought the finished product.

For this year’s fundraiser, Larsen decided to change things up a bit. It will cost $5 for a child to participate in the fundraiser this year. Each child will decorate two cupcakes, one of which will be dog-friendly — the vanilla cupcakes made with more applesauce and less sugar are for the dogs.

The other cupcake will be for the decorator.

“The kids get to enjoy the treats,” said Larsen, who bakes the cupcakes ahead of the big day.

More girls than boys participated in the fundraiser last year. Nevertheless, Larsen did observe that the boys who participated tended to choose darker icing colours than the girls. They also went for height, topping their cupcakes with layers  of icing and marshmallows while the girls made patterns, including hearts, swirls and concentric circles.

Parents from the Lord Roberts Parents & Tot groups have donated tubes of  icing and decorating supplies to the event. Last year the National Cupcake Event earned $550,000 in support of abused, abandoned and neglected animals that are cared for at Humane Societies and SPCAs, including at the Winnipeg Humane Society.

If you would like to donate decorating supplies or cash for the cupcakes and critters, please talk to one of the supervisors at Lord Roberts Community Centre.

Visit lordrobertscc.ca for contact information.

Dianne Doney is a community correspondent for Fort Rouge. You can contact her at diannemary@hotmail.com

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