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What do we do on Purple Cake Day?

We go purple. We dress up, we make purple flags of hope, we do face painting, we sing songs, learn, celebrate and turn everything purple. Here's some ideas to get you started.

Hold a Purple theme day
Smile Girl   Nelson Central School PCD   The Headmaster   Purple Lady

Brighten up everyone's day with a little bit of purple and a lot of fun in your school, workplace or community. Ask people to make a donation for the cause. Dress casual, dress purple – and have a bit of fun.

Bake and sell purple decorated cup cakes or hold a raffle
Cupcake Flags   Little kids sell cakes   purple cake   Cupcake in line

Share some quality time with friends and family, baking and selling or raffling gorgeous purple cakes or cupcakes. Make them wild and whacky, or tempting and tasty as you like. Get inspired by our delicious Purple Recipes.

Download the Purple Cake Day recipe book
Give us a "Thumbs Up"
Antonia Prebble   Keisha Castle Hughes   Geordie Holibar & Tyler Read   Gerald Urquhart & Rachael Blampied
Antonia Prebble
Actress: Outrageous Fortune & What Now
  Keisha Castle-Hughes
Actress: Whale Rider & Almighty Johnson's
  Geordie Holibar, Tyler Read
Actors: Shortland St
  Gerald Urquhart, Rachael Blampied
Actor & Actress: Shortland St
Bronwyn Turei:, Debbie Newby-Ward and Aaron Ward   Fa'avaes   Fico Finance Nelson Giants   Alyahna Sanson-Rejouis
Bronwyn Turei
Actress: Go girls
Debbie Newby-Ward, Aaron Ward
Actor & Actress: Nothing Trivial 
  Fa'avae Family
Nathan Fa'avae - NZ World Multisport Champion
  Fico Finance Nelson Giants
NZ National Basketball League Team
  Alyahna Sanson-Rejouis
Montessori Pre-school

We’ve been given the “thumbs up” from lots of people, including celebrities and sports people who support our work. Why not paint your thumb purple and give us a “thumbs up” on our Facebook page!

Download "Thumbs Up" ideas
Kids for Kids Art
Maya's-Art-2011   Maya's-painting-2012   calendar-   Maya's-Tinga-Tinga-2013

Take part in Purple Cake Day and celebrate the arts by creating your own colourful drawings. You could even hold an exhibition or create a calendar.

Download Kids 4 Kids Art ideas
Make 'Flags of Hope'
Central School Flags   Nelson Girls College Flags   Nelson Montessori   Town Flags

Get creative and put your message to the wind.  Make unique and colourful ‘flags of hope’ to string up outside, spreading messages of hope and compassion to children around the world.

Download instructions on making Flags of Hope
Become a Purple Cake Day Ambassador
Bella, purplecakeday ambassador   Havana, purplecakeday Ambassador   Havana 1   Foto

Bella gave up her christmas presents, Havana shaved off her hair, the Fa'avae siblings kayaked the Abel Tasman, Tim makes metalwork inventions with his uncle to sell, Kahu ran 5km, Eli did a triathlon and Skylar turned her whole school purple! If you're passionate about making a difference to children's lives, in your own community and globally, this is an opportunity to lead and inspire. It's not just about cakes! 

Download information on how to become a Purple Cake Day Ambassador
Purple Cake Day Songs
Song challenge

We have 3 diverse and brilliant songs (composed for Purple Cake Day celebrations) that you can use.

'Purple Cake Day' by NZ children's singer/songwriter Kath Bee. 
'L'union Fait la Force' - renowned NZ and international artists.
'A Dream Worth Fighting For' by Leilani Taula, winner of the Purple Cake Day 2012 Secondary School song competition.

Download MP3 files and lyrics from our Resources page here.

You could hold a Purple Cake Day song challenge at your school with the theme of connecting children around the world. Be sure to let us know!

Hold a children’s wearable art challenge at your school
Blood of the Jabberwocky King Cupcake Purple Imp Smaller monster

Hold a wearable art challenge at your school and ask for a donation on entry. Design and create a wearable art costume using recycled materials - with a purple theme of course!

Purple Cake Day are proud to be a charity of choice for the World of WearableArt, and we love the creative work that they do. You can look at their website for more inspiration and see our profile here.

Download Purple Cake Day Children's Wearable Art themes

Children's wearable art challenge 'M.A.D Show'
Mad show Mad skirt Cake skirt
Nelson hosted the first ever Purple Cake Day Children's Wearable Art event in 2012, and again in 2013, called 'The M.A.D Show' (Making a Difference through Music, Arts and Dance). A brilliant production of theatre, music and dance that showcased finalists of the local Purple Cake Day children's wearable arts challenge. Watch the video below for inspiration on running your own.

Education Resources  
Education resource   Purple Cake Day Education Resources have been developed by a team of educators to support the core educational values of encouraging innovation, inquiry and curiosity in students.

These resources are multilevel, multidisciplinary and are adaptable and flexible enough to be used by teachers in any school, anywhere. They stimulate critical thinking and discussion relevant to key competencies across a wide range of curriculum areas.

Country specific Resource Kits on Haiti, Nepal and Kenya include basic facts about the the country, history, languages, flag, festivals, foods, environmental challenges and day-in-the-life stories from children in the projects we support. Teacher lesson plans and worksheets can be photocopied and adapted to suit classroom needs.

All our education resources along with Purple Cake Day Posters and THANK YOU Certificates are available free to download and print from our Resources page here.

Screening of the award winning film 'A Small Act'

Purple Cake Day invites individuals, community groups and schools (Yrs 7-13) to host a screening of the multi-award winning film by Jennifer Arnold, A Small Act.  Proceeds will support the Kenyan charity HBEF featured in the film.

"A Small Act is such a powerful film to use in classrooms across the globe. It demonstrates how individuals can make a profound difference in the world."
- Marc Skvirsky, Facing History and Ourselves.

Critical thinking resources for teachers and students available on our Resources page here.

If you'd like to host a screening, email us at

Anything goes!

The rest, is up to you! If you can think of an idea that inspires you, then go for it. Did you know Havana shaved off all her hair in front of her school? Click here to see how she went. But be careful, kids helping kids can be highly contagious!

About Purple Cake Day

Purple Cake Day is a charity event that supports children worldwide to receive the education they need to break the poverty cycle and create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
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