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Canberra in cake: Help make it happen

Christine Spicer

Local charity PANDSI has claimed the day before Mother’s Day each year as PANDSI Cake Off Day.

Last year, the fundraising event showcased every cake from the Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Cookbook in one room. This had never occurred before and, so impressed with the idea, Pamela Clark, Editor of Women’s Weekly Food, visited Canberra just for the occasion. This amazing feat was made possible because Canberrans rolled up their sleeves to create and then donate a cake to the day.

Canberra bakers: PANDSI needs your help again.

PANDSI Cake Off Day 2017 will again see a room full of cakes, but this year we’re keeping it local. Think a bike helmet being swooped by a magpie, our iconic bus stops, your local team’s jersey to our public sculptures – all in the form of cake.

In November last year, PANDSI trialled a Canberra themed cake concept, asking workplaces to host mini PANDSI Cake Off’s. ‘Mooseheads’ cupcakes, Telstra Tower in silhouette and a hot air balloon were just some cakes on show. Join the

‘Mooseheads’ cupcakes, Telstra Tower in silhouette and a hot air balloon were just some cakes on show. Join the PANDSI Cake Off facebook page to view them all.

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PANDSI supports over 300 local families a year experiencing perinatal depression and/or anxiety. One in seven mums can be affected, and one in 10 dads. PANDSI works with clients through a ‘pathway to wellness’ which commences with telephone support and leads onto group support with free on-site child care, playgroups and other assistance to encourage recovery. Learn more about PANDSI on their website and follow them on Facebook to show your support.

PANDSI is shortly required to move from its Holder premises, and with this will come a rent increase. Supporting PANDSI Cake Off will help ensure there is no interruption or reduction of services offered because of the additional rental fees.

The ACT Government has offered $25,000 in donation matching for PANDSI Cake Off, every year for the next four years. $100,000 will mean we can offer more evidence-based programs, more support workers and more dad’s information sessions from our new premises. Working together, we can double our fundraising efforts!

If you’re not a baker, there are other ways you can support the PANDSI Cake Off

  • Join us on 13 May to bid on a cake (Mother’s Day gift sorted)
  • Join our facebook page to share in the excitement and promote the event
  • Ask your business or corporate friends to support the event through the business offer available (the perfect opportunity for businesses to show the community how much they care while getting great promotion for their business)
  • Support the event through the Go Fund Me page
  • Purchase the PANDSI Cake Off book, to be published in November 2017. Every cake will be featured, and Pamela Clark will be writing the foreword. Businesses that support the event will have their logo included in the publication. The book cover will feature the business logo and cake which raises the most for PANDSI.

We welcome professional bakers and amateurs – as long as there is a Canberra theme, your cake is welcome!

Registrations will open on the PANDSI website today, 8 March 2017.

Let your baker friends know, together we can make PANDSI Cake Off Canberra theme amazing!


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