Thursday, February 3, 2011

Purple Cake Day

Kiwicakes is proud to be the cake supplies sponsor for Purple Cake Day. I've spent some time corresponding with Emily, the incredible woman behind the initiative and after hearing her story I wanted to be involved immediately. Kiwicakes has fitted out Purple Cake Day, with EVERYTHING purple I could possibly think of and then some. I can't wait to see some of the purple creations made throughout February and on Purple Cake Day - March 1st 2011.

Emily & her daughter Alyahna

Purple Cake Day is an idea conceived by Nelsonian, Emily Sanson-Rejouis to celebrate the spirit of her daughters, Kofie-Jade (5) and Zenzie (3), who were lost with their father, Emily’s husband Emmanuel, in the Haiti earthquake in January 2010.

It is inspired by Kofie’s compassion for children less fortunate and by Zenzie who wanted not one, but two purple cakes for her 4th birthday.

Immediately following the earthquake, Emily established the Kenbe La Foundation (‘Kenbe La’ means “Never Give Up” in Haitian Creole), a registered charitable trust, to provide educational opportunities for children in need. The Foundation has since established Purple Cake Day as a specific day to celebrate and connect children from around the world.

Funds raised by the Foundation in 2010 and 2011, including those raised by Purple Cake Day, are going towards the Foundation’s current project of building a school in Leogane Province, Haiti, one of the regions most severely affected by the earthquake. The Kenbe La Foundation has already provided and coordinated direct support to the Source of Hope School in Tom Gato Community, Leogane. The school supporting 120 primary level students with 5 teachers was completely destroyed in the quake. The Kenbe La Foundation has arranged educational resources, clothes, ShelterBox tents for temporary classrooms and teachers salaries. To read more about Emily’s story and the Foundation go to

Purple Cake Day Blog can be found by clicking  here and  from here you can download an educational pack for incorporating Purple Cake Day in to schools.

Emily's story features in the February issue of next magazine. Julie Le Clerc has created a purple cupcake recipe, which features in next magazine you can get it here

Ideas for how you can get involved are here

Photos in the post and on Purple Cake day's website are credited to Daniel Allen Photography.

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