Dear friend of Purple Cake Day
Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu in the weekend, and with our Global Day of Action this Friday it has inspired us to 'dig deep' and double our fundraising efforts.
In partnership with UNICEF NZ, the Purple Cake Day Emergency Fund will help provide food, water, shelter and school supplies for some of the estimated 60,000 children in Vanuatu that are now without these basic needs. See our Facebook page for updates.
How can we help on Purple Cake Day?
Back in 2011, a week before the first ever Purple Cake Day, we were getting ready to raise funds for children in Haiti, and a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Christchurch (NZ). Purple Cake Day asked its supporters to double their efforts to help children affected by earthquakes in both Haiti and New Zealand. And you did it!
This year, as we're getting ready for Purple Cake Day celebrations the Pacific islands of Vanuatu have been devastated and their children are at risk. We are asking our schools and supporters to put in an extra effort for these children.
Will we still fund Haiti, Nepal, and Kenya?
Yes. Vanuatu is above and beyond. As well as supporting our established project partners working in Haiti, Nepal, and Kenya, funds raised will go to Vanuatu through UNICEF New Zealand’s emergency response effort.
What do children in Vanuatu need most?
Amy, (pictured above) and mother of two young children, said: "The children need food, water, shoes, clothing. They need school supplies and stationery". Cyclone Pam washed all these things away. With an extra effort this Purple Cake Day, we're going to help give them back.
Part of this support will be the 'School-in-a-Box' packages – kits that contain everything needed to set up an immediate, makeshift classroom for 40 kids, anywhere.
UNICEF NZ says:
“We are so thrilled to be partnering with Purple Cake Day following the devastating impact of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. The children affected have already suffered an immense trauma and we want to mitigate against any longer term effects around the increase of measles or children missing out on education.
“The support generated by Purple Cake Day this Friday will enable us to help those children that need it most. For this, we are incredibly grateful.”
Vivien Maidaborn, UNICEF New Zealand Executive Director
“We understand that conditions in Vanuatu are dire in many areas, with thousands of children and their families now homeless. These children are vulnerable, facing a high risk of disease from lack of clean water, and food shortages.
“Purple Cake Day is all about kids helping kids and with this humanitarian disaster so close to home we feel compelled to do what we can through our events to bring some relief to the children in crisis in Vanuatu."
The Purple Cake Day team
"Kids helping kids"
Emily Sanson-Rejouis, Purple Cake Day founder
Can we donate directly now?
Certainly you can! Donations direct to Purple Cake Day can be made online HERE and write Vanuatu in the 'Organisation' field.
Purple Cake Day, 20 March
We wish you all the very best with your Purple Cake Day celebrations on Friday, for our Global Day of Action. Many of you have let us know you are celebrating in April, May, June or beyond. And that is excellent!
As always, thank you for your support. It is not taken for granted. Please contact us if you would like any further information.
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