Baker steps out for cancer charity with fundraiser

This item by Kim de Leijer appeared in Hawke's Bay Today on 2nd October, 2009.

Mandy Smith had all the motive she needed to organise a cancer charity ball fundraiser after losing her father to the disease 11 years ago.

The co-owner of Heaven's Bakery on Emersom St has organised her second charity ball to be held at the Napier Cosmopolitan club tomorrow night.

The night will kick off with ballroom dancing demonstrations by members of Fancy Feet Social Dance Studio.

Guests will have a chance to watch the rumba, swing, tango and foxtrot before teenager Lara Hornby performs a solo highland dance.

A finale features all the performers, including Mrs Smith.

Afterwards, guests will have the chance to mix, mingle and do some dancing of their own before enjoying a supper of elaborate finger food.

Mrs Smith said fabulous prizes were up for grabs in the charity auction which will be run by art deco icon Bertie.

A luxury weekend away, wine, gym memberships, and photo sittings are amongst the items up for auction.

All proceeds from the evening will go to the Heavens Bakery Relay For Life Team 2010 in support of the cancer foundation.

Losing her father motivated Mrs Smith to organise the ball which was held for the first time last year raising nearly $6,000 for the foundation.

Planning this year's event has been a juggling act for Mrs Smith who holds down a fulltime baking job at the Greenmeadows Heaven's Bakery as well as taking care of office work for her own business.

Mrs Smith said there had been huge support from the local business comminity with all those involved offering their time or services for free.

"Most people have just been so generous," sher said. "It gives me a funny feeling of how kind-hearted people really are."