Lions cakes, puddings a proud festive tradition
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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