The first Friday in June is International Doughnut Day where in Adelaide The Salvation Army hosts its annual Red Shield Appeal Doughnut Day Doughnut Decorating Competition with local media identities and celebrities competing for the most innovative and artistic creation.
Visitors to Rundle Mall on Friday 4 June at noon will be able to not only see local media personalities and politicians battle it out over a pile of fresh doughnuts, they’ll also witness the battle of reality shows with Mel, Renata, Kieran and Nick from Big Brother taking on YoYo Yang and Aaron Saunders from MasterChef Australia who should – given this is a food challenge – take to it like a duck to water.
The annual Doughnut Day Decorating Competition is a highlight of the Red Shield Appeal to raise both awareness and to fundraise for the appeal, which in 2021 has a focus on homelessness. For every one homeless person we see, there are 13 we don’t. The national goal of the appeal in 2021 is $32 million, with $4 million of that goal in South Australia.
Krispy Kreme kindly supplies the doughnuts and will be selling the ‘Hope Doughnut’ at the event with all the proceeds going to The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. The ‘Hope Doughnut’ is also being sold at all Krispy Kreme stores across Adelaide and Mount Gambier throughout June, with $1.00 from the sale of every doughnut also going to The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.
Mark Foyle from the Salvos says, “The relationship of the Salvos and doughnuts dates back to World War 1, whereby The Salvation Army lassies served up doughnuts daily to the soldiers. Having minimal cooking supplies, but wanting to provide soldiers with home cooking, The Salvation Army came up with idea of cooking doughnuts. Soldiers lined up in the rain and subsequently word went around about the delicious donuts and The Salvation Army lassies, which were dubbed the ‘doughnut girls’. The doughnut thus became a great symbol of The Salvation Army for not only easing the hardships of the frontline fighting men, but also for more recently their services of bringing Hope to the homeless, the disadvantaged, and people in need.”
After not being able run the challenge in 2020, the 2021 Doughnut Decorating Competition is expected to be as successful as the previous years, thanks to the involvement of local media personalities, sporting stars, celebrities and iconic South Australians.