About 2 ½ to 3 weeks ago Faeema @fayinthemaze asked Michelle @Ordinary_Misfit and myself to please help her organize the Durban cookie swap. The Durban part of the event would have been cancelled if a host was not found. Michelle (the list making queen) unfortunately was not able to attend on the day but agreed to help Faeema.
Faeema and I split the sponsor list compiled by Michelle and frantically started to email to try and get donations for the auction. We also all did a lot of tweeting to advertise the event and to get cookie swappers to attend. This was how it worked : Bring 30-40 large cookies or 60 small and pay R50, attend with no cookies and pay R100. All cookies are placed on the table and the attendees try the cookies and at the end of the event swap cookies. So you should leave the event with almost the same amount of cookies that you came with, but not entirely your own.
This was #CookieSwap4 but was only the second event held in Durban. Last year Verushka and Faeema were the hosts and I was just an attendee.
For the Durban event we were sent items from Nicoletta, Oyster Box Hotel, Nomu, Revlon, Kiehls, Random Struik, Naturals Beauty, Rain Africa, Yuppiechef and the big item a R 10 000 worth holiday. Most of the items were for the auction but we did have a few spot prizes as well. All money made on the day was going direct to Learn to Earn the chosen charity this year.
The event was held at the beautiful Quarters Hotel Avondale. Neil and I stayed there last year for 2 nights and loved our stay. Faeema, her Mom and I set up on the porch of the restaurant. All auction items were put on display and we set out our biscuits. The cookie swap attendees were expected to arrive at 10:30am.
When the ladies arrived they paid their money, chose a lucky number name tag and wrote out what their biscuits were. Once everyone was there Faeema welcomed them and I read out the letter of thanks from Learn to Earn. Then it was time to do lucky draws and the auction. We were thrilled to sell all of the items, except the getaway, to the ladies that attended. The getaway was sold later that evening to a buyer from Jhb. I managed to win the Nomu auction item J
We all had an amazing time and I hope that next year the cookie swap event will be even bigger in Durban. Faeema, Michelle and I are thrilled that our little event raised over R 8 900!!
So wherever you stay (Durban, Cape Town or Jhb) look out for Cookie Swap 5 and join in for fun, cookies and to raise funds for a charity. Make sure you like the SA National Cookie Swap Facebook page so that you don’t miss out.
Thanks again to Quarters Hotel Avondale for hosting us and even bringing delicious pecan nut biscuits. BIG thanks also to the sponsors and of course to the ladies who attended and helped us raise the money for Learn to Earn.