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The community of Kyalami in Johannesburg are baking birthday cakes for children at schools who cannot afford to have birthday cake, giving them the joy and happiness their big days deserve.


Samantha Griffiths started the passion project because she loved celebrating birthdays so much. For her the celebration and cake was the best part. She realised that many children in her local community didn’t get to celebrate their birthdays the same way. Samantha chose a school and had a teacher select one child each month who family couldn’t afford a birthday cake.

“As a kid we all know one of the big things about your birthday was your birthday circle at school, unfortunately this is something not everyone can afford. I have selected a school in the area, and once a month I bake a birthday cake for a child whose parents can’t afford it (the child is selected by the teachers)”

Samantha decided to reach out in her community to see if other people would want to bake a cake for a child’s birthday. She could only afford to make one cake a month and wanted to reach more children. As soon as she posted the post in her community group it sprang into action to start making more cakes.

Over 20 different people stepped forward to start baking cakes for children. Samantha said that she was looking for everyday people, who didn’t have to have master baking skills.

“You don’t need to be a pro, my cakes are far from perfect and I still have tons of learning to do.”

Below are some of the kids that got a cake on their special day. To join Samantha or to get information on starting this project in your community, contact her here.

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