Good sorts bake their way to the heart

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING - CARLY GOOCH

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

PHOTO: MAR­TIN DE RUYTER/ FAIRFAX NZ

Sally Rice the Nel­son’s Head Bitch with Good Bitches Bak­ing.

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