Photos: Cornel van Heerden
Support the cupcake drive for children with cancer at malls throughout the country
South Africa has taken the new Guinness World Records title for the tallest tower of cupcakes. The 10.7 metre tall tower showcased a whopping 6370 cupcakes. The previous record stood at eight metres last year and was set up in Dubai.
This “sweet” event was organised by the charity Cupcakes of Hope (CoH) on 23 September outside a restaurant in Vereeniging. “It’s all to help very ill children,” says CoH founder Sandy Cipriano, whose team works tirelessly to raise money for the families of children with life-threatening diseases.
“Right now, we need to raise R600 000 for stem-cell and bone-marrow transplants. There are desperately ill children in our network whose families need all the help they can get,” Cipriano says.
Glenn Pollard, the adjudicator from Guinness World Records, says: “This was a very well organised Guinness World Records official attempt which was impressive enough. However, to see the labours of those commendable efforts bring together the wider range of the community and for such a wonderful cause made the success of the attempt all the more special. Cupcakes of Hope can justifiably feel incredibly proud of their achievement & of every single person that supported them.”
This amazing tower also paid tribute to more than 50 little cancer warriors who gained their Angel Wings. “These brave little warriors will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts,” says Cipriano. “I would like to thank all our Cupcake Angels across South Africa as more than R300 000 was pledged towards our organisation. The funds raised will be used to save children’s lives.”
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the sixth “National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer” will be celebrated at 63 malls across the country on Saturday, 30 September, also known as the “sweetest day of the year”. For a R10 donation you will receive a deliciously homemade cupcake as well as a leaflet on the “Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer” as early detection can save a child’s life.