Mosgiel cake decorator Margaret Crawford-Warden has spent
the past six weeks baking and decorating hundreds of
festive goodies to raise money for families less privileged
this Christmas. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Thirty-five Christmas cakes, 300 Christmas truffles, 290
slices of shortbread and hundreds of Christmas cake-pops sounds
like the Christmas wishlist of some very hungry elves.
It was the festive offering of Mosgiel woman Margaret
Crawford-Warden, who spent more than a month baking and
decorating the goodies to raise money for charity.
Mrs Crawford-Warden, a member of the congregation at the East
Taieri Church, said she wanted to help people who did not
have as much as others might at Christmas.
A professional cake decorator for 37 years, it struck her
that she could use her skills for good.
She started on November 3 and by last week had baked, iced
and wrapped more than 600 items to sell at the Mosgiel market
''It took me a month working seven days a week, and a very
good husband. He [Russell] thought I was nuts, but I couldn't
have done it without him.''
Mrs Crawford-Warden donated $430, the profit from her
efforts, to the Mosgiel Community Food Bank yesterday. Food
bank co-ordinator Michelle Kerr said the donation was
appreciated, and contributed to a record take for the food
bank. ''The more we get, the more we give, and that's what
it's all about.''