Baking the blues away

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BY Michelle Bradley

A number of home bakers in Seymour were among thousands to provide cupcakes, cookies and slices to businesses and service organisations across the nation to brighten their day, as part of the annual Baking Our Blues Away initiative on July 15.

The initiative was created by Michelle Symes of Daylesford three years ago, and is now supported by beyondblue, nationally. However, Mrs Symes said the initiative has caught on in other nations.

In our region, members of the newly formed CWA (Country Women’s Association) Seymour Central night branch saw this as an opportunity to a) do what they love doing – baking, b) fulfil an aim of CWA Australia – to make life better for women, children and families, and c) highlight the CWA Victoria 2014 social issue: Suicide – Raising Awareness in Our Community.

CWA Seymour Central president Natasha Thomas said members rallied around the idea of being involved with Baking Our Blues Away, when presented with the idea by member Sarah Barnbrook a week prior to the event.

Within days, members had whipped up a range of treats other members could drop off to various Seymour offices, in the hopes of spreading the event message: Bake – Share – Care.

“My day started off with Sarah bringing around coffee and cake, to a start our day off with our own catch-up,” Ms Thomas said.

“The boot was loaded up and ready to go, so once Amber arrived we were on the road.

“It was cold, wet and muddy, but our first stop at V/Line brought smiles to our faces (and even resulted in a call that afternoon thanking us for the plate of goodies).

“It was great to see people’s faces light up once they realised we were giving them a gift to say ‘thank you’ for all the work they do in the community. And that we would love for them to take some time for themselves today, sit down and have a cuppa with a colleague, on us.

“Despite the late night (of baking), early start and the rain, it was nice to be appreciating and acknowledging the people that are usually too busy helping other people out to help themselves.”

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