So I am home from my incredible USA adventure which you will hear lots more of shortly, but not before I share with you the bake sale I ran on Tuesday to raise funds for street children across four continents (Africa, Asia, South America and here in the UK) via StreetInvest, a UK based charity of which I am a trustee and have been involved with in various guises since before the name of the charity was even decided. Since then, the small charity with passion which would burst beyond it’s office walls, has grown and is a leading voice for street children around the world with some of the world’s experts in world development and the plight of street children as part of it’s team.
The bake sale was to introduce the charity’s latest fundraising campaign to the local community and encourage those who stopped by to ‘Join Our Journey’! I was kindly sponsored by Curry’s PC World to run the sale, and was given a beautiful stand mixer to aid me in my 24 hour bake fest to create a whole range of vegan delights to sell. The total raised over just a few hours was £203 which is enough to pay 203 trustworthy adults to protect and befriend street children in the streets where they are, for a whole month in some of the poorest countries.
StreetInvest is a charity based in Twickenham which helps street children across the World by putting trustworthy adults (street workers) into their lives. The charity is organising a 6 mile bike ride departing from the Twickenham Bike Festival on Sunday 29th June to Launch the exciting new cycling campaign called “Join Our Journey”.
The Sunday ride will depart from Kneller Gardens, Meadway, Twickenham at 11am and all levels of cyclists are welcomed in this family event in support of street children. The charity entry donation is £25 (£10 for under 16’s). All money raised with the ride, including on the stall that StreetInvest will hold during the bike festival (static cycling activities, Banded Hi Vis vests to be sold for safe cycling, branded water bottles, wristbands…) will go towards the projects to train and equip many new street workers and help improve the lives of street children.
This event is part of the one year Ride & Raise campaign called “Join Our Journey” where supporters are asked to help cover the 55,000 miles path linking StreetInvest’s projects together. Joining the Journey can mean participating to an existing ride like the 29/06 Launch or organising any cycling event with the simple target of raising a minimum of £1 per mile. It only costs £1 in the poorest countries to put a street worker in the life of a child for one month, so any involvement can make a huge difference. Examples of an event include: a ride with your school, University, company, a race/competition against other groups, riding on gym bikes… Without forgetting all the collateral little events that can be organised to advertise the rides, the campaign, and recruit new supporters (bake sales, quizzes, raffles, online competitions…).
Our target is to cover 55,000 miles and raise £55,000 before the next International Day For Street Children (12/02/2015), a milestone date for the recognition of the rights and needs of children living and/or working in the streets.
Learn more about StreetInvest at www.streetinvest.org and by following us on twitter @streetinvest #Cycle4StreetKids. Please share our “Join Our Journey” appeal, and here is a quick and easy way to support the campaign: text JOIN00 £2 to 70070 to put a safe adult in the life of a child for at least a month.
Get in touch and join one of our rides by contacting us on info@StreetInvest.org or +44 (0) 20 8892 9025, or if you have any event/partnership in mind for the campaign, wish to volunteer, etc. Our team is here to help! You can also contact me by leaving a comment here.
I used the opportunity to bake up a load of treats from the delicious ‘Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town’ by Mellissa Morgan. I have been wanting to bake from this book for ages but just couldn’t justify baking 12 decadent cupcakes for myself. A bake sale is a great excuse. So here’s a round up of all the yummy treats that were for sale!
Bakewell Tart Cupcakes from Ms Cupcake
Blueberry Almond Crumble Muffins from Ms Cupcake
Coconut Bounty Cupcakes from Ms Cupcake
Chewy Brownies from Action for Animals
Chocolate Chip, Orange and Pecan Cookies from Honk if You’re Vegan
Citrus Scented Almond Muffins by Dreena Burton
Ginger and Pecan Cake
This cake baked in a 9 inch round pan and topped with pecans before baking and no drizzle.
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Using Ms Cupcakes‘ Blueberry Lemon Loaf minus blueberries and a drizzle of just under 1/2 cup/85g caster sugar and the juice of 2 large lemons drizzles over the pierced, hot cake and left to soak in the tin until cool.
Maple, Cashew and Raisin Granola Bars
Mix 3 cups of oats, 1 cup of cashew pieces and 1 cup of raisins or other dried fruit. Heat 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (or other vegetable oil) and 1/4 cup coconut sugar or unrefined sugar in a small pan and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Mix into the oat mixture and press into a lightly greased and/or lined 9×13 inch pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 180’c/350’f for 15 minutes then leave to cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting into bars.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes from Ms Cupcake
Melt together 400g dark chocolate, about 4tbsp golden syrup and 50g vegan margarine until smooth and glossy. Add in 300g of crushed cookies (I use bourbons and gingernuts), 100g halved glace cherries and 100g dried mixed fruit. Stir to combine then spread into a 9×13 pan which is greased or lined with parchment. Top with a few extra whole glace cherries and a sprinkle of dried coconut. Chill then slice.
The Ultimate Carrot Cake