23 February 2011

The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale cultivates compassion through taste buds

Much to the delight of sweet-toothed vegans all over the world, it is yet again time to start thinking about and planning for the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.  For those who are new to veganism or haven't had the pleasure of experiencing this event since the year of its inception in 2009, get ready for some serious sugar shock.

From April 23rd to May 1st, vegans and non-vegans alike are invited to participate in the bake sale by organizing and choosing not only a venue, but what to sell and how the proceeds will be distributed.

The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is sponsored by Compassion for Animals, a Washington, DC-based grassroots group that "works to reduce human-caused harm to animals, primarily through educating people on animal-friendly lifestyles and cultivating empathy and respect for the nonhumans with whom we share the earth."  And anyone, not just those inclined to spread the vegan wealth, is welcome and encouraged to take part.  That means sponsors are hoping even non-vegan groups, like school clubs, Girl Scout troops and church organizations, will participate for a good cause. 

There are a few factors to take into consideration if you're thinking about setting up your own vegan bake sale, like securing a locale and the types of permissions that are necessary to obtain in order to move forward, but more information and help can be found by visiting the event's website at http://www.veganbakesale.org/.  The only two rules for coordinating an event are as follows:  all goods must be vegan, and the distribution of any materials that contribute to the intentional harming of animals is prohibited.

In 2009, the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale was named "Veg Event of the Year" by VegNews Magazine, and the 2010 event also made veg history when groups from 6 continents participated and CNN.com featured a photo essay on the event.  So far, the annual bake sale has raised over $65,000 for a variety of worthy causes, and if you want to help increase that number, visit http://www.veganbakesale.org/ right now and get to work.  Those cupcakes aren't going to bake themselves.

Stephanie DeBalko | @_stephanied_
Stephanie is a freelance writer who loves shelter dogs and Vegenaise. She recently came to the conclusion that the written word could be an amazing ally for all animals, and is choosing to use her nerdy love of grammar and punctuation for the greater good of animal welfare. She can also be found at Homespun by Stephanie.

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