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Retirees sponsor Cupcake Mini

Published: Tue 24 Feb 2015 10:35 AM
RETIREMENT VILLAGE RAISING FUNDS FOR KIWI KIDS
Retirees sponsor Cupcake Mini as it joins Variety Trillian Bash
A Hibiscus Coast retirement Village is getting behind Kiwi kids in need by supporting a fundraising team on the 25th Variety Trillian Bash raising funds for Kiwi kids via Variety – The Children’s Charity.
The Cupcakes car – a 1973 Mini Clubman surmounted by an enormous cupcake, topped with a red-lit cherry – is run by Australian Robyn Mullan and her friend Hannah Sherar, who fly over each year to help Kiwi kids in need of a hand-up.
Robyn got involved five years ago, wanting to contribute to less fortunate children – “To give them a little love and laughs.”
She and Hannah raise funds all year, and keep their sponsors sweet, then dress up in brightly-coloured costumes and drive the Mini all over New Zealand, wherever the Variety Trillian Bash calls in, shaking fund-raising buckets, selling cupcakes where they can source them, and helping deliver grants to needy kids.
Robyn is occasionally sidetracked by helping husband Paul with his Black Magic Media project to keep the Variety Trillian Bash YouTube channel going during each Bash week, and that’s the connection to the Hibiscus Coast Retirement Village, now home to Paul’s parents, Bev and Dave.
The couple joined a Mini Bash event last year, and were soon hooked by the entertaining spirit of the event, its colourful characters, and by the commitment the teams show to helping as many disadvantaged children as possible to be the best they can be.
Now they’ve got their retirement village behind the Bash via the Cupcakes car, though this year they won’t be along for the ride.
But Robyn and Hannah have booked their tickets. “The Bash involves a great bunch of diverse people all getting involved and helping. It’s wonderful to see children’s eyes light up when they see the cars; but there are also those touching moments when a parent or child breaks down when they realise they’re getting the help they need.”
“Being from Australia, we also love the fact the Bash takes us to those out-of-the-way places, the manageable distance each day gives us plenty of time to interact with schools, and then there’s the camaraderie among the Bashers – they’re a fantastic group of people doing a great service for the community,” Robyn says.

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