TOGETHER with an army of loyal Sale residents, Bakers Delight Sale has raised $13,762 for Breast Cancer Network Australia — one of the highest donations from franchisees across the country-in the annual Pink Bun campaign.
Owners Matthew Stephenson and his wife Narelle, who also own the Traralgon store, rallied their community to raise a total of $25,000, which helped the bakery chain donate more than $1.4 million (and counting) to the network.
The past few weeks of the campaign have been busy for Matthew and the team who have taken the fundraising out of the bakery and into the community, working to get local businesses and sporting clubs on board.
Matthew, who has been involved in the fundraising campaign for as long as he has owned the bakeries, said the magnificent result was testament to the generosity of Gippsland locals.
“We have been supporting the Pink Bun campaign for the past 17 years and our team and community are always very proud to be raising funds for BCNA,” he said.
“As the local baker, I’m in a unique position to meet so many people and their families who are living with breast cancer and it’s such a privilege to be able to help them.
“I gave BCNA our word that we would raise 25k and be the number one franchisee Australia wide and thanks to our local communities I believe we have achieved that.”
The network’s chief executive Kristen Pilatti said she was very grateful for the efforts of Bakers Delight franchisees such as Matt and Narelle.
“Every year Matt and Narelle put their hearts and buns into making this annual fundraiser a success, in 2021 they have taken it to another level,” she said
“They have a genuine passion and commitment to supporting their customers and members of the wider community with breast cancer and are very much a part of people’s journey.
“It’s the little things like a friendly baker that make a big difference and it’s the donations from thousands of the little pink buns that they sell that make it possible for BCNA to continue to support, inform and connect all Australians with the disease.”
Celebrating more than 20 years of partnership, Breast Cancer Network Australia and Bakers Delight’s annual Pink Bun campaign has raised more than $22 million.
Money raised goes toward enabling the network’s dedicated team to continue to support the men and women diagnosed and living with breast cancer.