Baking ‘4U’ and for cystic fibrosis families


by Claire Allison

Timaru’s Altrusans have been getting their bake on.

Altrusa International of Timaru members have been baking sweet treats over the past couple of months to raise money for families with children who have cystic fibrosis.

Senior Altrusan Jenny Bevin said the concept of “Specially Baked 4U” was dreamed up during lockdown.

“We do a lot of fundraising for different organisations in the district, but we wanted to have something that was contactless.

“Altrusan women are very good bakers, and so this is a contactless baking service.”

Club members offered to bake their favourite recipes, creating a list of cakes, slices, loaves, biscuits and muffins available for order and delivery.

Baking is gift wrapped in a cardboard box with a bow on top, and accompanied by a handmade card, which can include a special message.

Goods are collected from the baker and delivered to the recipient date.

Mrs Bevin said locals had been ordering baking for people who had been unwell, or as a treat or birthday gift.

Of the club’s 31 members, about two-thirds were directly involved in the project, either baking, delivering, donating ingredients, making cards or delivering pamphlets advertising the service.

The club had chosen to support families affected by cystic fibrosis following a request from president Donna McColl, who knew a family who had lost children to the disease.

“And we tend to support organisations that aren’t so well known, that fly under the radar.”

For the November orders, the club has added Christmas baking, with full-sized and mini Christmas cakes on offer.

“We’re hoping this month will be our best yet.”

The Stewart family, of Timaru, know how important support is for families dealing with cystic fibrosis: 13-year-old daughter Tayla was diagnosed at birth.

Tayla has type A cystic fibrosis, which means the fine hairs inside her lungs do not work properly, so she has to be vigilant about exercising and keeping active.

Dad Glen Stewart says they are lucky in that Tayla is pretty well, and a pretty fit child.

“There are other kids out there that don’t get to have that quality of life.

“If Tayla gets sick, she will develop a cough, and she can’t cough up the phlegm, so we have to help her do that.”

Winter is the worst time for the family, as Tayla is highly susceptible to colds and flu.

Money raised by the club will be donated to the Canterbury branch of Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand to help South Canterbury children and their families with expenses such as travel costs, parking, heating and any equipment that can help the child.

Orders must be placed by November 1 by emailing or phoning 021 152-5088.Sportswear DesignIdae