Tuesday 21 November 2017

Fundraising a piece of cake at Big Bake-Off

Mitchelstown Macra members Tara Whelan, Mairead Allen and William Keane getting ready for the big bake-off.
Mitchelstown Macra members Tara Whelan, Mairead Allen and William Keane getting ready for the big bake-off.

MITCHELSTOWN Macra will host 'The Big Mitchelstown Bake-Off' on Sunday, April 6 in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.

The competition will be divided into two sections – Adult and Junior (U16) bakers. Baked goods will be sold as well as tea and coffee at the event.

If baking isn't your thing but eating is, than feel free to call in and enjoy some nice treats while contributing to such a great cause. Make it a family afternoon out as they will have face-painters on hand to keep the children entertained.

"Mitchelstown Macra really wanted to make a difference to so many charities; however, we could only choose one, after much deliberation we decided on Breast Cancer Ireland," said Tara Whelan, chairperson of Mitchelstown Macra.

"We believe our event is something that will interest people in the local community and surrounding areas."

Breast Cancer Ireland is a charity established to raise vital funding to support research into breast cancer. Under the direction of leading breast surgeon Professor Arnold K Hill, the goal at Breast Cancer Ireland is to seek to transform breast cancer from often being a fatal disease to a chronic illness, that can be maintained long term through treatment.

"We as club wanted to support such a worthy cause as most of our members have been affected in some-way through the terrible disease of breast cancer," said Tara.

The Bake Off is due to at start at 2pm in the Town Hall Mitchelstown. The entrant needs to bring their baking (no baking will be done at the event).

The event will be divided into two sections:

1. Adult baker, categories include (a) 6 decorated queen cakes; (b) chocolate cake; (c) brown soda bread; (d) pavlova; (e) apple tart.

2. Junior baker (under 16), categories include (a) 6 decorated queen cakes; (b) 6 brownies; (c) 6 biscuits.

For all entrants it is important to note that your baked goods will be sold off on the day.

The club has secured two prestigious Judges for the event, Mary O'Callaghan of O'Callaghan's Delicatessen & Café, Mitchelstown, and Eileen Noonan who is a Home Economics teacher in a local school.

"We have a few great prizes in store for the lucky winners, these are Odlums hampers and a signed Neven Maguire cook book," said Tara. However, if anyone would like to sponsor the event then do contact club secretary Aileen on 086 0736843.

"I really hope the local community takes part in the Bake-Off either by bringing baked goods or by dropping in for a cup of tea," added Tara.

Everyone and anyone is welcome to enter this event, and people can arrive on the day with their baked goods. Remember your baking is going to help in the search to cure cancer. Entry is €2 per category.

With queries, contact Mairead on 0877501033 or email


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