Shoppers can make a difference by buying and donating a cupcake at a local shopping centre. Cupcakes for Kids with Cancer, hosted by Cupcakes of Hope on National Cupcake Day on Saturday 30 September, will start at 09:00 at Promenade Mall. The funds raised will be donated to help children who suffer from cancer.Elri Mienie, head coordinator of the initiative in the Western Cape, says anyone can get involved.“We ask cupcake pledges from bakers and the public to display [at the event]. Anyone can get involved and we are looking for sponsors and donations,” she says.Although there are enough volunteers to help in the initiative this year, Mienie says there is still an opportunity for volunteers to be placed on a waiting list for next year.Cupcakes of Hope was started in 2010 when founder Sandy Cipriano saw the child of a family friend getting sick while not having enough funds for treatment.Last year, the organisation was able to raise more than R1.8m through donations nationwide.On average the organisation helps 75 patients every month by either paying for their medical or day-to-day needs. “It’s all to help very ill children,” says Cipriano in a statement.Cupcakes for Kids with Cancer is an annual event and cupcakes are sold for a R10 donation each. The goal is to raise R600 000 for stem-cell and bone-marrow transplants. “There are desperately ill children in our network whose families need all the help they can get. If you want to help a family cope with the devastation of childhood cancer, get in touch with us and make a difference,” says Cipriano.Other shopping centres participating on the day are Bayside Centre, Blue Route Mall, Cape Gate, Canal Walk, Mountain Mill, N1 City, Paarl Mall and Tyger Valley. V For more information visit www.cupcakesofhope.org.