Albatross consumes cupcakes for a cause

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross

Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Darin Trudgett receives a cupcake from Able Seaman Marine Logistics - Personnel (ML-P) Christine Stone and Seaman ML-P Kirsty Burbidge, after donating much needed money in support of 'Cupcake Day for the RSPCA'. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Darin Trudgett receives a cupcake from Able Seaman Marine Logistics - Personnel (ML-P) Christine Stone and Seaman ML-P Kirsty Burbidge, after donating much needed money in support of 'Cupcake Day for the RSPCA'.

Let us eat cake was the motto for the day when HMAS Albatross got behind Cupcake Day for the RSPCA.

It was a difficult day for anyone on a diet, as chief cupcake coordinator, Able Seaman Terren Bennet of the Navy Community Engagement Team made sure the cakes were available at a range of strategic locations, from the canteen to the on-base Australian Defence Credit Union.
 
There was even a team of volunteers following the coffee van on its route, so that if you couldn’t get to a cupcake, the cupcake could come to you.
 
Able Seaman Bennet said it was amazing what a little baking could achieve.
 
“Since its inception in 2007, this event has raised over $6.5 million for the RSPCA, to help them continue their fight to make animal cruelty a thing of the past,” Able Seaman Bennet said.
 
According to the RSPCA’s equation of 1 cupcake = $2 donation, 15 cupcakes can pay for vaccinating a puppy against the deadly parvovirus, while 150 cupcakes can raise enough to de-sex a cat or dog so that it can be re-homed with a forever family.
 
Able Seaman Bennet and her team raised more than $980. She said she wasn’t surprised by the days success.
 
“Everyone loves the RSPCA,” she said, “so it was a great combination of personnel being able to support an excellent cause, while treating themselves at the same time.”
 
“I’d take the iced cupcake challenge over the ice bucket challenge any day. A delicious home-made cupcake with your morning coffee, and doing something for animal welfare, all for a gold coin donation - you don’t get more of a feel good factor than that,” said Able Seaman Bennet.