Months ago, we signed up for Operation Sugar Ltd, a NZ-wide charity that provides free custom birthday cakes and photography at the birthday celebrations of children who have life threatening illnesses and/or require frequent hospitalisation. Cakers/bakers donate cakes, photographers donate their services. If you love baking/styling cakes or are into photography, check it out, it's an awesome way to share your talent pro bono – you get to do what you love doing, while bringing a ray of happiness to a very sick child at the same time.
In July, we set to bake & decorate our first ever project (and hopefully not the last one!) for Operation Sugar – we had the honour of making Samara’s 5th birthday cake. Samara has been battling with b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) for more than a year now, such a strong a brave girl she is! Click here to know more about her story.
Samara loves "Jake and the Neverland Pirates", this was her birthday party theme. We must confess - we had no idea what it was initially. But, thanks to the world wide web, we got to meet Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully... and soon we were experts on it!
Samara was going to dress up as Izzy during the party - so we tried to make our "Izzy" sculpture to look a bit more like Samara, than Izzy. :)
Meet Izzy... aka, Samara :)
... and the rest of the crew: Jake (centre), Cubby (on the right), and Skully, the parrot
...and a couple more photos of the whole sweet-art:
We got to meet sweet Samara when they came to pick up the cake... that was the icing on the cake for us! When she first saw it, she recognised Jake, Izzy, Cubby, and Skully immediately (a big fat WIN! for us) --- then she saw her name: SAMARA. "It's for me!" she says, and the rest is sugary-sweet history! :)
Dear Samara, it was great to meet you and your lovely Mommy and Daddy! We were so happy to hear from your Mommy that you had such great fun at your party!
Thank you for joining us in this sugary-sweet journey!