Hirsch’s Ballito recently held their bi-monthly networking event with a great turn out of entrepreneurs from the North Coast and surroundings getting together to mingle with like-minded individuals and to expand their business network. The Guest Speaker for the morning, just ahead of National Cupcake Day was Margaret Hirsch woman in business achiever of the year finalist for the North Coast and founder of Cupcakes of hope, Sandy Cipriano who shared her inspiring story.
“Many have asked how this project started. I have always loved Oprah’s Angel Network and it showed me that we can all make a difference in someone’s life. You don’t need money to make a difference, all you need is a bit of time and LOADS OF LOVE! In 2009 we had our first fundraiser at our restaurant, Rio Sol Portuguese Restaurant, in Vereeniging. The first year we raised R5 000, the following year R50 000 and so it grew and grew. In 2011, Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer set a NEW WORLD RECORD for the MOST Cupcakes on Display – 21 000. Through this achievement we were able to raise R200 000 for kids with cancer. What is even more amazing is that I always knew I would meet Oprah Winfrey one day, I just NEVER realised it would be at our restaurant. Yes, Oprah has been to Rio Sol on three occasions, and I feel honoured that she enjoyed her meals with us.”
Following in her role models’ footsteps, Sandy had hidden a lucky sticker under a chair for one lucky guest who walked away with a DEFY hand blender as well as more DEFY lucky draw prizes throughout the talk. Defy one of Hirsch’s long term trusted brands recently launched the #BakeADifference campaign. By baking or creating an online cupcake and posting a picture of it on social media using #BakeADirfference, for every post uploaded DEFY will be make a donation to Cupcakes of Hope.
This year’s National Cupcake Day For Kids With Cancer will be hosted on the 28th of September at 88 malls across the country. Find your nearest mall and be part of the sweetest way to bake a difference in a child’s life.
These events are held monthly and have fast become a calendar favorite, contact email@example.com for more information.