Bakers Delight is set to put the ‘ bun ‘ into fundraising this Easter, with bakers across New Zealand preparing to bake 21,000 fresh hot cross buns on Saturday 9 April, to raise money for Starship Childrens Hospital.

‘Bundraiser’ Day will see all 32 New Zealand bakeries donate $1 from every six-pack of hot cross buns sold to raise more than $5,000 for Starship’s Air Ambulance Service.
 
Every year, hundreds of children with life threatening conditions are airlifted to the hospital and Bakers Delight’s support will help this service to continue retrieving and saving children throughout the country. 
 
In fact, the Starship Air Ambulance Service has helped bring children in need of treatment out of Christchurch, following the earthquake. 42 patients in 44 hours were flown out of the city by air ambulances including the Star Ship Air Ambulance.
 
Starship specialist retrieval teams typically have just a matter of hours to bring a patient back to Auckland for care in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and many patients require specialist medical care and ventilation to stay alive on the trip back to the hospital.
 
John Beca, Clinical Director of Starship’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit said: “The Air Ambulance Service is critical to transferring seriously ill children from around the country to Starship and we could not provide the service for New Zealand children without the generous support of companies such as Bakers Delight and their customers.”
 
Scott Paterson, Country Manager New Zealand at Bakers Delight added: “Easter is by far our busiest time of the year, so it’s a great opportunity to give back to Starship Children’s Hospital.
 
“We’re hoping to surpass our Bundraiser fundraising effort from last year and we’ll be busy baking to achieve that. We encourage all our customers to make their hot cross bun purchase count on April 9.”
 
For 31 years Bakers Delight bakers have been hand crafting hot cross buns with real care. This year bakers will be baking fresh each day traditional, fruitless, choc chip and mocha varieties.  To locate your local Bakers Delight visit www.bakersdelight.co.nz.  
 
About the Starship Air Ambulance
The Starship Air Ambulance Service flies top medical specialists to life-threatening emergencies around New Zealand varying from normal childhood illnesses to accidents (drowning, car crashes and sporting injuries). Children suffering from heart conditions, seizures and meningitis also regularly receive air ambulance assistance.  Specialists stabilise the children and allow them to be brought safely to Starship where they can receive the care they need.
 
About Bakers Delight:
Bakers Delight, one of the world’s most successful bakery franchises, was established in 1980 as a single bakery on Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn, Melbourne. An Australian owned company, Bakers Delight boasts over 700 bakeries employing more than 15,000 people, serving 2 million regular customers per week throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Bakers Delight NZ is a supporter of Look Good Feel Better supporting women with breast cancer. Through its bakery network, the company donates approximately $143 million in bread to charities each year.

About Starship Foundation:
The Starship Foundation raises funds so Starship Children’s Health can better care for New Zealand’s children. Donations are an extra to Government funding and provide a variety of initiatives such as new technology, vital research, boosted family support and preventative programmes.

As a charitable organisation, Starship Foundation exists through the generosity of the New Zealand public who lovingly donate money and/or time to assist in making Starship a world class medical facility.

Starship Children’s Health cares for nearly 150,000 children from around the country each year. New Zealanders can support these children by donating to the Starship Foundation on 09 307 4957 or on-line www.starship.org.nz/foundation

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