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Christine Spicer

Yep, you read that right. CANBERRA IN CAKE.

Constable Kenny Koala, the Belconnen Owl, Telstra Tower, Floriade, Summernats, the Australian War Memorial and hot air balloons are some of the PANDSI Cake Off Canberra themed cakes which will be on display in the Hyatt Hotel Ballroom on 13 May 2017 – the day before Mother’s Day.

PANDSI (post and antenatal depression, support and information) has claimed the day before Mother’s Day annually as PANDSI Cake Off day. The inaugural event in 2016 had every cake from the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Cookbook (107 in total!) in the Hyatt Hotel Ballroom.

Sonya with duck cake

Sonya with duck cake by Megan Sparke

Ginger Gorman, social justice journalist and dear friend of PANDSI came to me with the idea. Haven written an article about the book which went viral she knew how much love there was for the cakes, and thought it would be a good way to raise funds for PANDSI, a charity supporting over 300 local families a year.

PANDSI Cake Off was created, and so impressed with the concept Pamela Clarke Women’s Weekly food editor (and creator of many of the cakes featured in the book) came to Canberra to attend the event and has since become joint Patron of PANDSI with Senator Katy Gallagher.

PANDSI Cake Off is made possible because of the people of Canberra. In 2016 we had over 105 locals roll up their sleeves to create one of the 107 cakes for the event; an army of volunteers assisted on the day, businesses gave in-kind or sponsorship money and people dug deep when bidding on cakes.

We raised $20,000, gained viral media interest and importantly for us, raised the profile of PANDSI. Now more Canberrans know that help and support is available for those experiencing perinatal depression and/or anxiety, which also helps to reduce the stigma often associated with getting help.

An example from the PANDSI Cake Off

An example from the PANDSI Cake Off

PANDSI Cake Off 2017 will see a local spin on a ballroom full of cakes. The duck cake will be replaced with a Canberra Bus Stop Cake (baked by the same baker, Sonia Curran), the Train Cake will be replaced with a cake of some of Canberra best known attractions – Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin, hot air ballooning and our local wildlife (baked by the same baker Megan Boon, who’s also volunteered her time to be on the PANDSI Cake Off Cake Crew, we couldn’t do this without her).

One of our 12 professional cake makers, Linda from SomeoneSayCake? (who raised the most at live auction for PANDSI Cake Off last year with her stunning Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe cake), will be making the Skywhale in cake. Cannot. Wait.

Entry to this one of a kind fundraiser is by ticket only, get yours here.

A PANDSI Cake Off book will be launched in November 2017, the forward will be written by Pamela Clarke and it will feature every cake from the event. Christmas gifts sorted.

A huge shout out to the 80 locals volunteering their time to create a cake for our 13 May event, PANDSI Cake Off is only made possible because of you. Every cake will be available to buy at the event, either through an app for our silent auction or through a live auction.  Join the PANDSI Cake Off facebook page or keep an eye on the PANDSI website for up to date information.

bus stop

We’re asking for Canberrans to dig deep at the event. If we can raise $25,000 the ACT government has committed to match that amount. An extra $50,000 for PANDSI will make a huge difference in how we support Canberra families.  Although PANDSI has been required to move premises which has resulted in a substantial rent increase our fundraising effort will ensure there won’t be an interruption to services offered.

Money raised through PANDSI Cake Off will result in us being able to run additional dad’s info sessions, hire an additional support worker and look at how we can digitalise our record keeping to enhance our evidenced based approach to our services offered.

If you know of a business or of anyone in the corporate sector that would like to take up the opportunity to sponsor a cake at PANDSI Cake Off please send them our flyer. They’ll receive generous recognition at the event, through social media and in the PANDSI Cake Off book – an ongoing legacy they will be associated with, at a fraction of the cost of other advertising.

PANDSI Cake Off aprons will be for sale at the event. I would never suggest that you buy your mum an apron for Mother’s Day – but you can get yourself one, and win through auction one of the Canberra iconic cakes to make her day!


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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