Office Bake-Off Raises $48 For Mental Health Awareness


Employees at WorldCare Insurance,  located in Sydney, NSW, have raised an incredible $48 for beyondblue to help raise awareness of mental health issues. The empathetic co-workers managed to raise such a generous amount by utilising a bake-off to encourage fellow staff members to donate to the cause.

Organised by Holly Auckerman, team assistant for the level 13 life insurance team, Ms Auckerman is often the catalyst for all of WorldCare‘s events. Be it team lunches, charity events, themed parties, sports matches, trivia contests, park meetings, birthday afternoon teas, scavenger hunts, or racially-insensitive siestas, if you work at Worldcare and have been forced to try and make work “more fun”, chances are it was at the behest of Ms Auckerman.

The bake-off produced a large variety of baked goods, ranging from cupcakes to slices of regular cake. Kerry Flannegan’s treats were gone in seconds, while Jason O’Donnell was left to wonder why he even bothered trying in the first place.

Having spent almost $63 on ingredients, the amount raised represents a -23.81% return on investment, proving to be the most profitable charity event in WorldCare‘s history.

beyondblue will be able to use the donation to purchase a number of cardboard posters and markers, allowing the charity to raise awareness of mental illness along most of Sydney’s George Street.

Matthew Farthing is the Mental Health Reporter for the (un)Australian. Support is available for those who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14 instead of talking to Mr Farthing on the bus. He just wants to read his book.

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