Cakes for Care: Hotelschool The Hague students baked almost 2,000 cakes for healthcare staff
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Last week, 23 different Amsterdam institutions (hotels, restaurants & universities) baked 10,000 carrot cakes in their kitchens. The concept of Cakes for Care was initiated by Henny Heijmans, founder of the Amsterdam Verbindt Foundation, known for cooking for homeless people. She always had this idea of accomplishing 'something' to draw attention to the incredible job that the healthcare staff is performing during the pandemic.
Henny knew a farmer who had a surplus of carrots and wondered what could be done with them. She contacted HTH student Imèn Kadry and asked her ideas on how to use them. Imèn: “Henny has wanted to do something for care workers for so long, they are the heroes of our time and they fight very hard for us. So I told her: When life gives you carrots, make carrot cake.”
With Cakes for Care, Imèn Kadry, Henny Heijmans, and all participating hotels & restaurants wanted to encourage health care employees. “The healthcare staff works so hard that they could certainly use a boost. Through this campaign, we can show that the hospitality industry and healthcare can work together”, Imèn stated.
Employees and students started baking the carrot cakes right after they joined the project. "At first, we thought that a thousand pieces would be great," Henny Heijmans said. But the enthusiasm came from all the participants, and they ended up with more than 10,000 healthcare workers in the Randstad getting a piece of cake.
HTH students baked 1,870 slices of carrot cakes, contributing to the 10.000 total slices. Last Friday, all these pieces were distributed to the following hospitals and health centers: BovenIJ hospital, Fransiscus Gasthuis & Vlietland, GGD Amsterdam (RAI), OLVG East & West, Reade Rehabilitation, and Spaarne Gasthuis.
Congratulations to all the participants on this amazing project!