Baking cupcakes to help the South Canterbury SPCA
Sweet treats will help raise cash in the SPCA's biggest fundraiser of the year.
Cooks in kitchens across the region will be busy baking cupcakes for the SPCA Cupcake Day.
Among them will be staff at Temuka's Vet Life, which will take part in the nationwide fundraiser for the first time.
Temuka Vet Life receptionists Amy Lalonde and Anna Pedlow are busy getting the centre prepared for the sweet fundraiser.
Up-to 10 of the the centre's staff would bake cupcakes to support the SPCA and its efforts to help and re-home animals.
Anyone could register to take part, she said.
"You do the baking yourself, using your own money for the cupcakes."
For its part, the centre would provide tasty cupcakes, from August 14, in return for a donation.
SPCA events and community fundraiser Alex Wilson said Cupcake Day was the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organisation, nationwide.
"It brings in a huge chunk of money," she said, adding the money raised locally would be spent locally.
How it was spent depended on the needs of each individual centre. It was most often spent on the cost of running the centre, she said.
"So whether that be staff to look after the animals or the actual facilities themselves, that sort of thing," she explained.
The SPCA was grateful so much of what it did was supported by the community: much of its food and blankets were donated, she said.
"We only get 1 per cent of our funding from the Government nationwide, including obviously these centres."
The other 99 per cent was made generated by community fundraisers, she said.
It was up to the individual centres to drive the campaign, Wilson said.
Wilson said five South Canterbury organisations/individuals registered to raise money in 2016 and another five in 2015, generating $968 and $1702 consecutively.
There were six registrations in 2014 and between them they raised $1361. Wilson said those amount included contributions from New World supermarket.
South Canterbury SPCA manager Barry Fairbrother said the annual fundraiser had been running for "years and years", noting
Timaru people were already "quite generous".