Bak­ing flown to quake-rav­aged re­gions

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA EDMONDS

A group of Auck­land mums are send­ing home bak­ing to Kaik­oura res­i­dents.

How­ever Civil De­fence is ask­ing peo­ple to do­nate money rather than goods to the re­gions af­fected by the earth­quake.

Civil De­fence di­rec­tor Sarah Stuart-Black is ask­ing peo­ple not to do­nate goods to af­fected re­gions at this stage.

‘‘Re­lief funds have been set up, in­clud­ing the Red Cross Ap­peal, and do­nat­ing money to th­ese is a good way to show your sup­port.’’

Char­maine Vaughan is col­lect­ing bak­ing to be sent to a group of farm­ers in Blen­heim who, if it all goes to plan, will de­liver it by plane to Kaik­oura.

She has con­tacts with a Blen­heim school who con­nected her with a group of farm­ers who have light air­crafts and were fly­ing into Kaik­oura with sup­plies.

The mother of two has al­ready sent three batches of brown­ies to Blen­heim and sent the next batch on Tues­day evening.

The Mead­ow­bank res­i­dent says she felt help­less be­ing so far away from those deal­ing with the af­ter­math of the quakes

‘‘Af­ter watch­ing the news on the morn­ing of the earth­quake, my first thought was to bake,’’ Vaughan says.

‘‘It’s what I like to do in times of stress and un­cer­tainty.’’

The blog­ger has put a call out to other women in the com­mu­nity ask­ing for do­na­tions of home bak­ing.

Mt Al­bert mother Wick Nixon jumped on board and is ask­ing schools and com­mu­nity groups in the area to do the same.

‘‘I know the Mt Al­bert com- mu­nity and how to­gether,’’ she says

‘‘Ev­ery­one has got to eat and there is noth­ing bet­ter than re­ceiv­ing some bak­ing.’’

Nixon, founder of Wicked Wellbeing, says bak­ing needs to be stored in an ice cream con­tainer and clearly la­belled, par- they rally tic­u­larly if the bak­ing con­tains nuts.

Due courier de­lays, Vaughan sug­gests bak­ing brown­ies, slices or bis­cuits in­stead of cakes and muffins which have a short shelf life.

‘‘If you don’t bake, we wel­come pack­ets of bis­cuits,’’ she says. to

De­pend­ing on the re­sponse, some of the bak­ing may also be sent to Red Cross in Christchurch, Vaughan says.

To do­nate bak­ing, search ’Buzzyinthe­burbs‘ or ‘Wicked Wellbeing’ on Facebook and mes­sage your sub­urb to re­ceive de­tails of drop off points.

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