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    CALLING ALL BAKING BUFFS: Horsham’s Gillian Vanderwaal has formed a Baking from the Heart group in Horsham. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Community group 'Baking From The Heart' making a difference


Baking and sweet-treat enthusiasts might have another reason to get out the flour and sugar this weekend.

A Horsham ‘Baking from the Heart’ community group dedicated to making delights for palliative patients at Wimmera Cancer Centre will have its first collection day on Sunday.

Founder and spokeswoman of the newly-established group, Gillian Vanderwaal, said Baking from the Heart was a concept started in Shepparton in 2013, inspired by a group in New Zealand called ‘Baking for Hospice’.

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The idea has since emerged in places including Echuca, Bendigo and Numurkah.

Mrs Vanderwaal said Horsham would be the fifth group to form, which she decided to start after hearing about her daughter Annemarie’s involvement in Bendigo’s Baking from the Heart group.

“When she told me what was involved and what they were doing, I thought, ‘we could do that in Horsham’,” she said.

“It’s just something really nice to do for others who are doing it tough.”

Mrs Vanderwaal said the group was looking for volunteers to make ‘old-fashioned favourites’ such as cupcakes, slices or cookies that are individually portioned and do not require refrigeration.

She said people could also choose to individually wrap the baked goods in cellophane. 

“We’re not baking experts, and we’re not looking for anything fancy. We’re just a group of people who like to cook,” Mrs Vanderwaal said. 

“We’re hoping to fill about 24 boxes and Wimmera Cancer Centre will hand them out.

“We’ll have no communication with the recipients, and we don’t want to. 

“It is just about making some difference in the lives of people who are not feeling their best.”

The Horsham Baking from the Heart group will have a drop-off day for donations every six weeks.

Mrs Vanderwaal said people looking to donate goods on Sunday could do so between 10am and noon at the Oxley meeting room at Wimmera Base Hospital.

She said all donations required a list of ingredients attached.

People who are unable to attend between 10am and noon can call Mrs Vanderwaal on 0427 646 728 to organise another time. 

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