Nelson schools are baking up purple delights in an effort to support children affected by the devastation of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
Purple cake day kicks off today with schools selling cakes and cupcakes as well as mufti and activity fundraisers.
Nelson Montessori will be selling cupcakes outside Countdown Trafalgar from 11 to 12.30 with Purple Cake Day founder, Emily Sanson-Rejouis attending at 11.15.
Nelson Central School had a purple dress up day yesterday and Nelson College for Girls held a mufti.
Nelson Intermediate and Saint Joseph’s are also holding activities.
Purple Cake Day have opened up their emergency funds and Proceeds will help with water, shelter, food and school supplies for around 60,000 children in Vanuatu who are without these basic needs.
Purple Cake Day Founder, Emily Sanson-Rejouis says the children are in dire need of help.
“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.”
Reports from UNICEF NZ say some schools have been completely destroyed with evacuation centres being used in place to support some children. Part of Purple Cake Day’s funding will go towards UNICEF’s “School-In-A-Box” kits which contain everything required for a makeshift 40 student class setup.
UNICEF New Zealand Executive Director, Vivien Maidaborn, said, “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.”
Purple Cake Day has previously raised over $230, 000 for children in New Zealand, Haiti, Nepal and Kenya.
Donations to Purple Cake Day can be made on their website.