Cakes baked for a good cause
MBOMBELA - World Marrow Donor Day is celebrated worldwide every year on the third Saturday in September, and this year was no different.
Awareness campaigns for the day reached as far as the Lowveld’s very own Chefs Training & Innovation Academy’s (CTIA) Nelspruit Campus.
After being approached by the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR), CTIA's campuses in Mbombela, Durban, Stellenbosch and Centurion challenged one another to see who could best represent the day by baking a cake.
These cakes were presented at the various campuses on September 16, where they were judged by a panel. The campuses are anxiously awaiting the announcement of a winner, which is expected to take place next week. “We are absolutely blown away by the talented chefs in training from the CTIA who have created the most amazing cakes to celebrate World Marrow Donor Day,” said the SABMR on its Facebook page.
“Thank you for your time and dedication to this cause. Now comes the difficult task of choosing a winner! Our celebrity chefs, Pete Goffe-Wood and Craig Cormack, and our deputy director, Jane Ward, have their work cut out for them.”
According to the SABMR, the main objective of the day is to thank all the donors worldwide, including unrelated donors, family donors, cord blood donors, donors who have already have donated, and donors who are on the global registry waiting to donate.
“The secondary objective is to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about being a stem cell donor and the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on patients’ lives.
“To this end, World Marrow Donor Day and the celebratory month of September support awareness and meaningful engagement with potential donors.”