Bakers wanted to pay it forward


A CHARITABLE group of Invercargill home bakers is on a recruitment drive to find more bakers to spread sweetness to those who need a special treat to bolster them through difficult times.
The charity, part of a nationwide collective of volunteers, provides free biscuits, cupcakes, cakes or slices to three community groups — Invercargill Women’s Refuge, Hospice Southland and 1000 Days Trust.
With 20 members and growing demand, the Good Bitches Baking (GBB) group was looking for more keen bakers or delivery people to help them ‘‘pay it forward’’, head of the Invercargill chapter Suzanna Selwood said.
Ms Selwood said she learnt about GBB two years ago after seeing a television news clip about its Wellington founders.
Impressed by their community spirit and willingness to cheer people up through baking, Ms Selwood rang GBB to see if anyone was doing it in Invercargill.
As a keen baker, who also wanted to volunteer, it was an easy fit, and she buddied up with her friend Sarah Watson to form the Invercargill chapter.
The national charity baking phenomenon had grown quickly, with people appreciating the ‘‘feel-good factor’’ of being able to cheer people up while doing something they loved, Ms Selwood said.
Bakers could try new recipes with the guilt-free enjoyment of not having cakes sitting in their tins, and baking was always warmly received by the groups they supported. Í For more information phone Suzanna Selwood, 021 255 9289, or email