A sense of dread washed over me the other day when I saw an advertisement screaming, 8 WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS (probably less now). Thanks to my daughter's new found love of trampolines, I have her present sorted and my son will be just short of 12 months at Christmas, so I’m counting on him getting the most enjoyment out of Millie’s discarded wrapping paper (not really, but sort of).
The dread was related to that age old question – what do you buy teachers for Christmas that isn’t something they are going to get 27 of?
Even though my children are young and aren’t in school or daycare, they still have swimming teachers, kinder-gym teachers, art teachers and Sunday sport coaches to buy for. Can you see my dread?
Where do I find unique Christmas gifts for up to 10 people without it costing more than the entire years worth of activities?
Then one day as I aimlessly drove the streets giving my kids a decent daytime nap in the car whilst I sipped on a Coke Zero and listened to podcasts, I heard about Youngcakes.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of Youngcare – Brisbane’s own Bernard Fanning headlined a benefit concert for the charity after all, but just in case you haven’t heard, Youngcare is a charity that is committed to providing young Australians with high care needs access to age-appropriate care facilities and offers a holistic approach to suitable leisure programs that boost the social, emotional and physical wellness of residents.
It was through one of these diversional therapy programs that the idea of Youngcakes was born.
Bronwyn was only 44 when worsening MS forced her into living in an aged care facility. While there, Bronwyn lost her independence due to her illness and she also lost the ability to undertake in many of her favourite pastimes. Thankfully, Bronwyn is now a resident at Youngcare’s Wesley Mission Apartments in Sinnamon Park and back to partaking in all the things she loves and one of Bronwyn's favourite things to do just happens to be baking Christmas cakes using her Father’s famous recipe!
Youngcare has partnered with celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue (who loved Bronwyn's cake!) as well as Vanilla Pod Bakery who will be producing the cakes using Bronwyn’s dad's recipe and also the award-winning artist Michael Zavros who has designed the gorgeous packaging which will help to bring this initiative to life.
These cakes not only taste delicious, they are a piece of art. The packaging is so divine, you really wouldn’t have to wrap them (a score for us time poor mum’s who probably have heaps of presents to wrap for the kids already). They are also incredibly cheap – especially when you consider that just a cruel twist of fate could see any one of us needing the help of Youngcare. $26.50 for a Christmas cake that has Benders own tick of approval? Sign me up for 10!
Youngcakes are available at Vanilla Pod Bakery and Billy Kart Kitchen or if you’re like me and your days are spent chauffeuring kids to swimming lessons, kindergym, doctors appointments and various other commitments followed by an evening buried under a mound of laundry then you can buy them online at the Youngcare Website
Discover a day in the life of Guardian children by exploring your local Guardian Early Learning centre on Saturday, 23rd February. As part of the National Open Day, participating Queensland centres are inviting you and your family to visit and find out what makes learning at Guardian so special.