Chocolate bunny helps fund hospice care

The taste of serving a community is a sweet one. Wanaka’s ‘The Chocolate Workshop’ recently teamed up with Albert Town’s Pembroke Patisserie for a fundraiser that raised money for the local hospice.

A 62cm tall, 3.2kg chocolate rabbit caught the eye of many guests who visited Pembroke Patisserie and purchased a raffle ticket in hopes to win the big bunny creation. Albert Town’s Murray Walker donated his winning bunny treat to two friends, and the two local companies donated the $600 raised to provide one person with 12 hours of hospice care.

“We managed to raise $472.50 and Pembroke Patisserie topped it up with $150 to $622.50,” said The Chocolate Workshop owner Tanja Schwindt. “The Chocolate Workshop donated the time and material to create the rabbit.”

The project was dear to the hearts of all involved as both Pembroke Patisserie co-owner Matt Schmutsch and Schwindt have lost a parent to cancer when they were teenagers. Pembroke Patisserie co-owner Kirsty Schmutsch’s mother died a few years ago from cancer, so the group said the decision to raise money for the hospice was an easy one to make.

Pictured: The Chocolate Workshop & Wanaka Chocolate’s Tanja Schwindt and Pembroke Patisserie’s Kirsty Schmutsch with the donated chocolate rabbit.


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