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Sweet Takings for SPCA’s Animals

A shared love for animals inspired Sarah Ahmed, 11, and Sarah Ann Fellows, 12, to plan a recent pool-side bake sale on a sweltering Sunday in July, to raise money for shelter animals at the SPCA.

Armed with natural-born business acumen, the two Sarahs set about strategising their sweet fundraiser to maximize their efforts and optimize sales.

Setting up shop at the poolside of the condominium at which they live proved to be astute, as most of the residents, both adults and kids, got hungry, and quickly too, after their Sunday swim. From the sell-out they achieved, it seems no one could resist their freshly baked Hersheys chocolate chip cookies, Hershey’s brownies, blueberry muffins, Betty Crocker Devil Chocolate cake, red velvet cupcakes and slices of yummy banana bread at all.

The two tweens, who are self-taught home bakers, were pleased as punch that for the 40-odd residents who came to support the sale, resistance to their baked goods was absolutely futile. The popular spread was a crowd puller to say the least, as by 4.30pm that afternoon (they’d started at 11am and planned to end by 5pm), only a single blueberry muffin was left unsold.

Not content with 99.9 per cent sell-through, the two girls went door to door at their condominium to procure that one final sale. Their persistence, of course, paid off. 

Being passionate about their cause, that of helping the furry residents at the SPCA, motivated the pair to think commercially. They cleverly dropped off 150 flyers a day before the bake sale, to ensure a healthy turn-out. They brewed equally irresistible lemonade, put Sarah Fellows’ little brother Adam Fellows in charge, and sold the beverage as an add-on to the confectionary.

In the end, they made a total of $134.35 from the bake sale that day, and also managed to garner extra donations in an SPCA issued donation box, in addition to three membership signups. All proceeds were donated to the SPCA. We are grateful for their kind and generous effort, and impressed that these young social entrepreneurs managed to pull the fundraising sale off without the help of their parents.