On a quest for a worthy cause
JASMIN Bennett has risen to a mighty challenge baking more than 400 cupcakes and whipping up much-needed funding for the Cancer Council.
The 13-year-old Little Mountain resident was busy in the kitchen with her mother, Philippa, and their friends to bake 401 cupcakes as part of the Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea.
The young star was raising funds as part of her quest after being accepted into the Face of the Globe competition as a Miss Teen Australian contestant 2016, to be held on the Gold Coast in September this year.
Philippa said her daughter, who loves to bake, was introduced to the competition and sponsored by her dance company En Pointe Dance Centre, in Caloundra.
"She's never done anything like this before but it's a great platform to try something different and it's been great for her confidence," Philippa said.
She will undergo a boot camp, interview, catwalk and pageant section over a couple of days and the winner of each section wins a trip to the finals in London and Disneyland Paris 2017.
As part of the journey, contestants are encouraged to raise funds.
"It's not compulsory but they said it's nice to get involved in the community, even if you raise $35 - it's making the world a better place," Philippa said.
"Jazzy loves to bake - she would come home from dance school and want to whip up a batch of something at night - she's always had a love for it.
"We saw that Australia's Biggest Morning Tea was on, so we thought about baking and then selling them to her friends and some of mine," she said.
They baked the cupcakes then delivered them within a 30km radius, with most going to Nambour.
Jasmin's fundraising efforts have already resulted in her donating more than $600 to Caloundra couple Bec and Kieran Van Jole for their 11-month-old daughter, Lyla, who has the rare Peroxisomal Disorder.
Philippa said she met Lyla's mother Bec through the dance school when she (Bec) was pregnant.
"I met them through our school and Jazzy thought it was a really good family to help," Philippa said.
"Little Lyla is turning one, it's heartbreaking.
"We wanted to help in any way we could."