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Get your bake on, Canberra-style

Christine Spicer

Earlier this year, PANDSI set a challenge for Canberrans ­– to bake all 107 cakes from the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Cookbook.

The PANDSI Cake Off was created, and you loved it. HerCanberra’s very own Amanda Whitley joined both Pamela Clarke (AWW’s Children’s Birthday Cake Cookbook creator) and Senator Katy Gallagher to judge the cakes on show.

Now, PANDSI is here to challenge you again – but with a twist. We all love the nostalgia of the cakes from the Children’s Birthday Cake Cookbook, but we feel it’s time to create our own Canberra-themed cakes and publish a cookbook! From a Victor Viking cake, Telstra Tower creation to a Roundabout cake (made by PANDSI’s super talented Treasurer, Kata), the only limit is your imagination.

Our next PANDSI Cake Off is going to be epic as it takes on a Canberra-centric theme. As long as it has a Canberra subject matter, your cake is eligible to take part. But with so many cakes on show, we’re going to need your help to select the best cakes to feature in the PANDSI Canberra Cake Off cookbook, which will be published in time for PNDA Week 2017.

So start practicing for the next PANDSI Cake Off on 13 May 2017.

Hang on; before you rush off to fill your shopping trolley with ingredients, we’ve one more favour to ask. We’d also love for you to host your own mini PANDSI Canberra Cake Off this month during Post Natal Depression Awareness week (PDNA), 13 to 19 November. We want to see your workplaces, mothers’ group, friends and families getting their bake on ­– the Canberra way.

We want to see your workplaces, mothers’ group, friends and families getting their bake on ­– the Canberra way. Why? Because hosting a mini PANDSI Canberra Cake Off is not only fun, it’s also a step to helping us reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

PANDSI will be launching a new program during PDNA week. Returning to work after maternity leave is tough, for both mums and dads. To help workplaces tackle this barrier the PANDSI Family Friendly Workplace program offers an in-house one-hour training session which is individualised, interactive and informative.

Supporting mums and dads returning to work after having a baby makes for good business practice. By getting your workplace involved it can benefit from increases in productivity, reduces employee turnover, increases the ability to attract and retain staff and improves corporate citizenship, business reputation and shows you are an employer of choice.

Hosting a mini PANDSI Canberra Cake Off at your workplace could be the first step in changing the mental health conversation and support resources in your organisation.

To host your mini PANDSI Canberra Cake Off visit the PANDSI website here or for more information about the PANDSI Family Friendly Workplace Program contact PANDSI’s CEO [email protected].

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Christine Spicer

Christine Spicer is the President of PANDSI, mother of two and step-mum to more. Her volunteer role at PANDSI had led her to organising the PANDSI Cake-Off and working hard to reduce the stigma around perinatal depression and anxiety. She lives with her husband and kids in Weston Creek. More about the Author

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