Baking flown to quake-ravaged regions
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.