Cottage Bakery’s cups of kindness


• Cottage Bakery staff Lorraine Carroll, Paige Chorley and Jemaya Hilder spreading kindness to customers.

By Daisy Baker
July 31, 2019

Scottsdale’s Cottage Bakery was one of a few hundred businesses across the nation participating in Strive to be Kind on Friday, spreading kindness and raising funds for the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation.
The bakery was brightened up with sunflowers in teacups on each table, yellow placemats with inspirational quotes and yellow pins for sale in support of the foundation.
Cottage Bakery owner Vanessa Lodge said it was her sister Vicki Knight who suggested the event.
“Vicki came to me and said she wanted to have an event to celebrate kindness, which I thought was a lovely idea,” she said.
“She made all the placemats with ‘be kind’ quotes and cups with flowers.
“I think it’s a great reminder – we can all do with being a bit kinder sometimes.”
Mrs Knight said she has received lots of positive feedback about the event.
“It’s just been a wonderful thing to do and people have been so positive about the day, if we all did it every day what a better place the world would be,” Mrs Knight said.
 “We see so much negativity, the world need more kindness and we must really try to do better.
 “You don’t know what other people are going through so if we can just show a little kindness it may change their day.”
Mrs Knight said through her battle with cancer, the kindness of others has made all the difference.
“It would be lovely if next year the whole town could get behind Strive to be Kind Day next year,” she said.
Strive to be Kind Day is an annual event held in memory of Allison Baden-Clay, who was murdered by her husband in Brisbane in 2012.
The event encourages respect, kindness and positivity, and the sale of pins helps raise funds for programs that educate the community on the signs and tactics to prevent domestic and family violence.