Baking a difference

January 31, 2020

A regular kid can change the world — just ask nine-year-old Samuel from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.


During the recent bushfires, Samuel baked hundreds of cookies to raise funds for The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal and has so far raised $500.


The young entrepreneur is no stranger to using his mum’s kitchen for fundraising purposes — last year he set up a stall and sold baked goods at Seaford Shopping Centre, raising $200 for the Salvos’ work in homelessness prevention. This year, he was moved to make a better life for people affected by the bushfires.


“I don’t want them to be affected by the fires any more,” he said. “I want them to still have a good life.”


Samuel’s compassion has inspired his friends as well. Not only have they helped with baking and selling cookies, but some have also set up their own stall to raise money for bushfire relief.


Samuel shows no sign of putting away his apron. He says cookies will keep rolling out of the oven as long as it takes to make a difference. Something he has undoubtedly already done by the trayful.

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