Navy pitches in for all creatures great and small

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Location(s): Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Sonia Leon Sepulveda (left) and Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Melanie Nann sell upcakes to raise money for the RSPCA. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)
Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Sonia Leon Sepulveda (left) and Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Melanie Nann sell upcakes to raise money for the RSPCA.

On 25 August, Navy Strategic Command and the Office of the Chief of Navy came together for the annual RSPCA cupcake day to raise money for all creatures great and small.

The RSPCA was founded in 1981 and currently receives less than 3 per cent of their funding from governments. As a result of this, they rely heavily on the wonderful support that the community provides through various fundraising events, to continue to care for animals in need.

One person that wanted to answer the RSPCA’s call for more community assistance was Able Seaman Maritime Logistic - Support Operations Melanie Nann, from the Navy Marketing and Events Team. 

“As an avid animal lover, I try and do what I can to help animals in need. Knowing that they can't fend for themselves, when I heard about the cupcake day through social media, I decided this was one of the ways that I could best help the RSPCA,” Able Seaman Nann said.

Able Seaman Nann and staff from the Office of the Chief of Navy decided to conduct a joint effort, which gave Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Chris Johnson, the opportunity to enhance his baking skills by personally baking and icing an amazing 200 cupcakes for the fund raising event. 

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Sonia Leon Sepulveda sorts cupcakes prior to raising money for the RSPCA.

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Sonia Leon Sepulveda sorts cupcakes prior to raising money for the RSPCA.

“Baking for this charity was fun and rewarding, as you know that everything you are doing is appreciated by those involved, and the end product will go towards helping a worthwhile cause,” said Leading Seaman Johnson.

If you thought that selling these wonderful cupcakes alone was the only way to raise money then you are certainly wrong. Able Seaman Nann decided to bring out the big guns and enlist the help of French Bulldog puppy 'Franklin' who made his way to Russell Offices to lend a helping paw on the day.

Over 300 cupcakes were sold to raise money for the ongoing care of 127,000 stray, injured, abused and surrendered animals. The goal to raise $500 was smashed with the help of the staff at Russell Offices, and the extraordinary amount, almost double the original total, of $976.50 was raised.

Also supporting the event were Australian Public Servants, Mrs Barb Gibbons and Mrs Kira Jorgensen, who together baked and decorated 60 delightful cupcakes with an animal theme.. Some of the unique cupcakes made, which were a huge hit with the buyers, included Owls, Sheep, Beavers, Monkeys, Pigs and Chickens.

Money raised from the event will be given to the RSPCA for the purchase of blankets, toys, food and other necessities for the Canberra-based animal shelter.

Although the cupcake event has ended, you can still donate to this very worthy cause by visiting the following link.

https://rspcacupcakeday-act2015.everydayhero.com/au/R1