THE Child and Family Welfare Society of Pietermaritzburg, which is the largest child protection organisation in the district, held its fifth fundraising cupcake sale on July 27 outside Pick n Pay at the Midlands Liberty Mall. The theme of the cupcake sale was winter and, thanks to The Foam and Bedding Store, a snowman was created out of polystyrene materials for the event. Some of the children wanted to purchase the snowman instead of the cakes, nonetheless the decorative cupcakes were once again almost sold out with just a few left over. The fundraising cupcake sale initiative first began in 2015. A further two fundraising cupcake sale initiatives were held in 2016, as well as one in 2017 and one on July 27 this year. All five have proven to be successful. Bakers were hard at work last weekend, some even went the extra mile and decorated the cupcakes in a way that represents winter, to make the perfect treats to go with hot drinks. The delicious decorative cupcakes were once again a treat for keen purchasers, who admired the unique decorations of the cupcakes. Many remarked that choosing one was a difficult as all of the cupcakes seemed too unique and eye catching to eat.The table decor served as an attraction which saw fascinated children pleading with their parents to make their way to the table to purchase cupcakes. The volunteers at the table found themselves consistently busy and interacting with purchasers and other members of the public requiring more information on the aim, purpose and services that the Child and Family Welfare Society of Pietermaritzburg provides. The sales generated on the day together with cash donations totalled a sum of R8 020. The huge success of these totals was once again the result of excellent team work. Thank you to the Midlands Liberty Mall and Pick n Pay. A special thank you to the Cake Factory and Farouk Kareem and family for allowing volunteers entry into the factory to decorate a generous amount of cupcakes donated by The Cake Factory. Thank you to My Party World and Feroza Butler, Zee’s Delights and Summaya Wadi, Kcs Bakery, The Cake House, Miguel’s and to every other baker.Thank you to each and every volunteer on the day of the cupcake sale that assisted with the set up, the marketing and selling of the cupcakes and in the drawing in of purchasers. The enthusiasm and team spirit that is always displayed by the volunteers that give up their time plays a role in the success of the sales. Finally, thank you to each and every purchaser for purchasing the cupcakes and to each and every sponsor and contributor who helped the initiative — we thank you and we are appreciative. With your support for the initiative we have made a difference. Special thanks as well from Jule Todd, Director of the Child and Family Welfare Society of Pietermaritzburg.— Supplied.