Lions cakes, pud­dings a proud fes­tive tra­di­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education -

CON­TIN­U­ING a 50-year tra­di­tion, Lions clubs across Perth will be rais­ing funds through their an­nual Christ­mas cake and pud­ding sales again this year.

Christ­mas Cakes chair­man Brian Wil­liams, of Kings­ley, said the cam­paign orig­i­nated in Goul­burn, NSW in 1965 where cakes were home-baked.

“The pro­gram quickly grew, with Big Sis­ter con­tracted to pro­duce a cake weigh­ing three pounds,” he said.

“The project im­me­di­ately proved suc­cess­ful, and sales have been con­stant over the past two decades, af­ter reach­ing astro­nom­i­cal sales on the in­cep­tion of the pro­gram.

“In 1975, the cake be­came met­ric and con­verted to 1.5kg and re­duced in pack­ag­ing from 12 to 10 per car­ton.”

Mr Wil­liams said other com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Gartrell White, Arnott’s and Sara Lee, had turns bak­ing the cakes, but since 1983 Top Taste had been mak­ing them.

He said Lions in­tro­duced a 1kg cake in 1998, then added the 900g tra­di­tional pud­ding to the range in 2010.

Mr Wil­liams said na­tion­ally an­nual sales were about $6.5 mil­lion, with $2 mil­lion of the funds raised go­ing to save sight, health, wel­fare and hu­man­i­tar­ian projects.

“It is es­ti­mated that since the in­cep­tion of the pro­gram as a na­tional project, funds raised have ex­ceeded $50 mil­lion,” he said.

“This is an out­stand­ing re­sult and re­flects the en­thu­si­asm of the clubs par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram.” 0428 537 577 or

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Tug boat deck­hand Matt Waller tells a group of stu­dents about his work dur­ing the ca­reers day.

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