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Good cause . . . U-Bake owner Simon Bruce and Red Cross Mid-South Canterbury humanitarian development engagement manager Kathy O'Neill load up with packets of "Red Cross buns". PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

by Claire Allison

Hot cross buns are proving the perfect fundraiser for the Red Cross.

Timaru’s U-Bake bakery has teamed with the Mid-South Canterbury Red Cross to bake hot cross buns with red crosses and is donating $1 from every six-pack sold to the organisation.

The bakery placed third in the Baking Industry Association of New Zealand hot cross bun competition last week, on top of previous placings and a win in 2018.

Red Cross Mid-South Canterbury humanitarian development engagement manager Kathy O’Neill said her son, who worked in events and marketing, had suggested asking a bakery if it would consider making “Red Cross buns” as a fundraiser.

“I was very embarrassed to ask, really, because it’s asking for a handout, but Simon was very willing to help us and I wanted to support local.”

Ms O’Neill said money raised from the sale of the buns would be used locally on a project involving identifying people in various “communities” of Timaru to step up in times of disaster and support the Red Cross’s disaster welfare support team.

U-Bake owner Simon Bruce said the bakery was happy to support Red Cross and the buns were proving popular.

Eighty packets of the fundraising buns were sold on Saturday alone.

The “Red Cross buns” are available at the bakery in Washdyke.

Mr Bruce said there would also be a stall at events such as the Caroline Bay Rock and Hop later this month.