Good sorts bake their way to the heart
Local woman Sally Rice wears the title of Nelson Head Bitch proudly.
Rice is part of the Good Bitches Baking network where volunteers all over New Zealand lovingly drizzle, scoop and sprinkle ingredients together, delivering their treats to struggling communities.
Last year Rice was inspired by a magazine article about the baking initiative and after making some inquiries, she helped set up the Nelson chapter while also working part time.
Rice said she was attracted to Good Bitches Baking as she enjoyed cooking.
‘‘I like to bake but I have no one to bake for. Eating it all is not a good idea.’’
She said this charity allowed its volunteers to bake for a purpose to ‘‘brighten up someone’s day.
‘‘Part of baking is baking for someone.’’
Good Bitches Baking has 13 branches in towns and cities nationwide with more opening as Head Bitches are recruited.
The South Island chapters include Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Invercargill.
Rice coordinates 27 Good Bitches who bake and deliver to the Night Shelter, Hospice, Women’s & Children’s Refuge Services, the Cancer Society and the Male Room.
On a roster, the bakers commit to baking about once a month with most organisations getting a delivery once a week.
While the bakers didn’t get to meet the individuals who received the treats, Rice said feedback did filter back to them.
She said men at the Night Shelter looked forward to their Sunday night treat and the baking crew had recently received a card from the Male Room with messages of appreciation from all the men.
Rice said you didn’t have to be an ‘‘exceptional baker’’.
‘‘Any baking that’s homemade is special. It’s made with real ingredients and a real person who obviously cared enough to make it for you.’’
Created by Marie Fitzpatrick and Nic Murray, Good Bitches Baking began in Wellington at the end of 2014.
Fitzpatrick said to some, the name may be a little confronting but it was what they called each other.
‘‘We certainly wouldn’t have been nearly as successful if we’d called it Marie and Nick’s Baking Circle.’’
Fitzpatrick said they looked at home baking as ‘‘a way of giving to people in a moment of respite in an otherwise sh*tty day’’.
It’s not about the baking, ‘‘it’s about the intent’’, she said.
To find out more visit www.goodbitchesbaking.co.nz
Sally Rice the Nelson’s Head Bitch with Good Bitches Baking.