Baking for bushfire relief

The duo have spent their school holidays baking.

By Mitchell Clarke

Two siblings have spent their school holidays baking cookies and fudge in return for donations towards the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

Nine-year-old Oscar and six-year-old Zoe Baldacchino, from Lyndhurst, took to the Marriott Waters Shopping Centre to sell their fare on Wednesday 8 January.

The duo thought a lemonade stand would be a great way to raise money but wasn’t sure if anyone would want fizzy drink, and instead decided to stick with the favourites – cookies and cake.

“We wanted to take action because there have been lots of people who have lost their homes, money and in some cases their families,” Oscar said.

“We thought we should take action by selling baked goods and donating to them so hopefully they can get a little more money.”

The little legends set up shop in their driveway but after realising there wasn’t enough foot traffic, they contacted the City of Casey and former mayor Amanda Stapledon for advice on how to help and obtain the relevant permits.

Mother Rachel said her children were inspired to raise money for the bushfires because they didn’t have enough of their own pocket money to give.

“I’m really proud of them but I think this is just a part of being Australian,” Ms Baldacchino said.

“In times of need we all just come together and help out where we can.”

The sweet treats were being sold for $1 each, however Ms Baldacchino said the community were “so generous” and had been donating far more, with the kids having raised over $200 at last count.

“I’m just happy they know they can make a difference even though they’re young,” she said.

“No matter how old you are, you’ve always got something to give.”

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