Cupcakes and cuddles
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.
Andreas Out, Peta Warren and Sylvia Wilcock with Casper the cat.
Volunteer Jane reads to Olivia.