Sinead Brennan caught up with Kevin Dundon to find out more about the Grand Bake Fest and what people can do to get involved and raise money for Focus Ireland.
Grand Bake Fest, supported by Siúcra, is calling on people to bake and sell cakes between the 24th and 28th of February to raise vital funds to help families have and keep a home.
Kevin explained, "The initiative is to get people baking at home in order to support Focus Ireland in trying to reduce the amount of families that are becoming homeless in Ireland every month. It's a bake sale idea so whether it's in an office space or a local GAA pitch or a soccer pitch, just to bake some cakes and then proceeds will go to Focus Ireland, which in fairness to Focus Ireland, 90% of all the funds raised go directly to the families."
While Kevin is an accomplished chef, he assured me that you don't have to be a master baker to make a difference, "It's an opportunity to have fun with your children and get them baking, even if its rice krispie buns or fairy cakes or a black forest gateau, the aspirations are as high as you want to go. Just go out there and do it, and do you know what, it doesn't matter if your cake sale makes €10 or €100, every penny counts."
Funds raised will make a big difference and there's a lot of fun to be had along the way, "It's a win-win situation all round, like when you look at Focus Ireland and what they actually do, they provide temporary accommodation and provide information and help people to secure homes. That's good stuff, to get people off the streets, like we're put on this world to live and if you're fortunate enough to have children, to provide for your children as best you can. We're on this world for a long time and to make it as enjoyable as possible and I think if we could help just those few families to get off the street and get those children into regular education and get a life for themselves, it would make me very happy."
If you want to get involved with the Grand Bake Fest simply register with www.focusireland.ie