Cake sale raises R70 000 for Palestine

Seen at the handover of the funds raised for Gift of the Givers, are from left, Nazaaket Gaffoor, Taskeen Barday, Ali Sablay, Muniba Omar and Safiya Karjiker.

In six-and-a-half hours, a cake sale raised more than R70 000, and the money was donated to Gift of the Givers for its humanitarian work in Palestine.

Cakes for Charity, is the brainchild of Taskeen Barday, 24, who is a small business owner who felt she needed to do something to assist people of this war-torn country.

She reached out to family and friends and soon the message was spread across social media that a cake sale will be held for charity. Ms Barday asked people to donate cakes. On Saturday May 22, the cake sale was held in Rylands from 11am to 5.30pm.

“The support was phenomenal. This whole event was arranged in five days. I got my friends together, and more than 2 000 cakes were donated, mostly from local bakers,” Ms Barday said.

She is no stranger to humanitarian work, as she used to volunteer at Gift of the Givers seven years ago. Ms Barday later worked for Islamic Relief.

“I just missed ‘giving back’, as I have not done it in a long time. With the war in Palestine, I wanted to do something to help. People are still messaging me, asking when the next drive will be. I will update all the information on the Cakes for Charity 2021 Instagram page,” Ms Barday said.

She thanked Gift of the Givers for all their work, and for allowing her to help.

Ali Sablay, the project manager of Gift of the Givers, said some of their interventions in Palestine include assisting with medical needs at hospitals, building the largest desalination plant in Gaza to provide water, feeding projects at refugee camps, and providing shelter for those whose homes had been destroyed by bombs.

He said they are extremely grateful to Cakes for Charity for this initiative.

“We would like to thank Cakes for Charity and the broader community for their overwhelming support – all who has contributed to this project thus far. The response has been enormous,”Mr Sablay said.