Kyabram Free Press

COOKIES FOR A CAUSE ARE OK

- By Rohan Aldous

Sugar and sunshine are a recipe for smiles, so it's fitting that a Tongala home-based bakehouse is combining both for R U OK? Day.

Rachael Currey’s Papercake business will donate all proceeds from the sale of her R U OK? treat boxes and cookies to the organisati­on.

And she is off to a great start, with two big morning tea orders from Echuca manufactur­ing giant Kagome and St Joseph’s College kick-starting the campaign.

“Kagome has ordered $200 worth and I already have 20 or 30 orders for the treat boxes and cookie packs,” Ms Currey said.

The bright-yellow-themed “checkin” day has gathered momentum since the outbreak of COVID-19, as people have been forced to become more home-centric and face-to-face communicat­ion becomes a rarity.

Ms Currey’s business began out of good luck, more than good management, when she was helping her sister Kath at a market day.

“I was never really interested in baking, but one day we made the cupcakes for the market and they looked good,” she said.

“We sold out in a couple of hours and it sort of clicked.”

The self-taught baker, who is a self-confessed Youtube student, grew up in Moama and now operates her business from her Gooda St home in Tongala.

She and her husband, Scott, along with 11-year-old daughter Georgia, have the challengin­g task of living with the aroma of her baking delights on a daily basis.

Her eldest daughter, Sarah, lives in Bendigo.

“She (Sarah) is probably the reason I’ve decided to go so hard at it (R U OK? Day) this year,” Ms Currey said.

In the past six months, Ms Currey’s 20-year-old daughter has had two friends commit suicide.

“I just felt like it was more important than ever, so I am pushing it a bit harder this year,” Ms Currey said.

On the back of a huge Father’s Day, the promotion of Papercake’s products hasn’t come out of the blocks as quickly as Ms Currey wanted.

“I only started promoting them on

Sunday evening, but they’ve been very well received,” she said.

“I am going to donate all my profits to the R U OK? organisati­on. I’ve set up my own page to accept donations.

“We have two packs; one is a treat box, which has cupcakes, donuts, cookies and yellow lollies. Everything is yellow in the box.

“We have all the different flavours, vanilla, chocolate and lollies of all varieties. That is $35. In the R U OK? cookie box there are four small cookies, two large cookies and they all have R U OK? stamped on them.

“The smaller ones have things like ‘let’s talk’ and ‘are you sure’ stamped on them. They are $16 a pack.”

Ms Currey said she had been involved in R U OK? Day fundraisin­g previously, but never at this level.

“I’ve done stuff for Kyabram P-12 before. I’ve done individual cookies, but this year it has stepped up a notch,” she said.

“It will be a significan­t contributi­on to the R U OK? organisati­on.”

Ms Currey, who worked with a website design company prior to her transition into baking, said the enthusiasm for the R U OK? products was a sign of people realising how important the day was.

And if her Papercake business can do its bit to help, then she is more than willing to step up “to the plate”. ▯ Ms Currey can be contacted for orders on 0417 382 400 or at papercake.com.au where you can also place an order for the R U OK? boxes.

 ??  ?? See you round: Tongala home-based baker Rachael Currey was busy preparing for tomorrow’s R U OK? Day by baking the bright yellow cookies which brought an immediate smile to the faces of Mason Nunn and Isabella Kelley. R U OK? Day comes at a critical time when many in Kyabram are living through another lockdown. Everyone in our community is affected, so, take the time to check on family, friends and neighbours and ask the important question, “Are you OK?” For more informatio­n, see pages 10 and 11.
See you round: Tongala home-based baker Rachael Currey was busy preparing for tomorrow’s R U OK? Day by baking the bright yellow cookies which brought an immediate smile to the faces of Mason Nunn and Isabella Kelley. R U OK? Day comes at a critical time when many in Kyabram are living through another lockdown. Everyone in our community is affected, so, take the time to check on family, friends and neighbours and ask the important question, “Are you OK?” For more informatio­n, see pages 10 and 11.

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