STAWELL - A group of Northern Grampians Shire staff members have supported the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals through a successful cupcake day.
The staff were able to raise $2,134 for the RSPCA.
The staff members gave up their own time to bake and decorate more than one thousand cupcakes to support the cause.
Organiser and Northern Grampians Shire Council's Occupational Health and Safety Officer Ashleigh Dark said the group had been overwhelmed by the support of local businesses and the Stawell community.
"We had a great response to the Cupcake Day we ran in 2012, but the number of people ordering cupcakes this year really blew us away," she said.
"We definitely weren't expecting it to grow this big, but we were thrilled to be able to raise such a large amount of money for the RSPCA which is an organisation we are really passionate about."
Ms Dark said several businesses also put up their hands to sponsor the event through the donation of ingredients and vouchers.
"Local businesses were amazing. As well as ordering a lot of cupcakes, they were really eager to help us with donations," she said.
"We couldn't have done this on such a large scale without the generosity of Alan and Shelly Green from Green Eggs, Dave Wainwright from the Diamond House, Leonie Clayton from Comfort Inn-Goldfields, Glenn Bibby from GCB Ag Windrowing and Brian and Ben Rayner from Rayner's Mini Market.
Ms Dark said 'Team Adoptable' had already started planning for next year's Cupcake Day.
"It seems to be getting bigger every year, so we are looking forward to seeing how much money we can raise in 2014," she said.