Cup­cakes and cud­dles

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS at Mercy Place Man­durah fought cru­elty with cup­cakes as they took part in the sweet­est fundraiser of the year, Cup­cake Day for RSPCA, ear­lier this month.

The self-con­fessed an­i­mal lovers rolled up their sleeves to bake, ice, sell, share and eat dozens of cup­cakes in a bid to raise funds to help the thou­sands of sick, in­jured and ne­glected an­i­mals RSPCA WA deals with each year.

Mercy Place ser­vice man­ager Christina Ven­ables said se­niors at the home were huge an­i­mal lovers who, when they read about the fun fundraiser, wanted to help make a dif­fer­ence.

“When our res­i­dents heard about Cup­cake Day, they jumped at the chance to com­bine a morn­ing tea for friends and fam­ily while help­ing raise much­needed funds,’’ she said.

“Even though an­i­mal cru­elty is some­thing we all find hard to think about, most of our res­i­dents owned an­i­mals in their younger days.”

The RSPCA re­lies on fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for more than 90 per cent of its fund­ing.

Books giv­ing a Good­start

CHIL­DREN and ed­u­ca­tors from Good­start Green­fields cel­e­brated the joy of read­ing and the magic of books at a spe­cial in­ter­gen­er­a­tional sto­ry­book theme day at the cen­tre for Chil­dren’s Book Week.

This year’s theme was Es­cape to Ev­ery­where, bring­ing chil­dren and books to­gether to cel­e­brate Aus­tralian chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture.

Good­start di­rec­tor Robyn John­ston said high-qual­ity books en­riched chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tion and helped de­velop vi­tal lan­guage and lit­er­acy skills at an early age.

“A child’s brain is con­stantly form­ing con­nec­tions strength­ened by ac­tiv­i­ties like read­ing. Read­ing to chil­dren and then teach­ing them to read pro­motes health brain de­vel­op­ment that lasts a life­time,” she said.

“Read­ing sto­ries is also a cat­a­lyst for a child’s imag­i­na­tion and cu­rios­ity and en­ables them to learn the dif­fer­ence be­tween real and make-be­lieve.

“One of the great­est things par­ents can do for their chil­dren is in­still­ing in them a love of read­ing and books.”

Res­i­dents from Aegis Aged Care Group shared the theme day with the chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472752

An­dreas Out, Peta War­ren and Sylvia Wil­cock with Casper the cat.

Vol­un­teer Jane reads to Olivia.

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