Bakery raises $3000 for Night Ninjas

GOOD CAUSE: Crusty Edge Bakery and Cafe manager Nichola Burton said more than $3000 was raised for Night Ninjas by customers and staff who embraced the shop’s PJ Party on Saturday, June 30. Photo: Supplied
GOOD CAUSE: Crusty Edge Bakery and Cafe manager Nichola Burton said more than $3000 was raised for Night Ninjas by customers and staff who embraced the shop’s PJ Party on Saturday, June 30. Photo: Supplied

WEARING pyjamas while out on a Saturday morning coffee run has helped raise money for the homeless.

Event coordinator Nichola Burton said more than $3000 was raised for Night Ninjas by Crusty Edge Bakery and Cafe customers and staff who embraced the shop’s PJ Party on Saturday, June 30.

Most people wore nightwear and some donned tutus, but all turned up to help the cause.

Ms Burton said $1000 was raised from tips collected since January, with $2000 made on the day from sales of cupcakes, raffle tickets and a sausage sizzle.

“There was quite a turnout and Night Ninjas had a good crew there,” Ms Burton said.

Crusty Edge Bakery and Cafe crew wore pyjamas to work. Photo: Supplied

Crusty Edge Bakery and Cafe crew wore pyjamas to work. Photo: Supplied

Night Ninjas was set up in 2015 by Redlands woman Alix Russo to help the homeless by giving them food, clothing, soap and other personal hygiene products.

The bayside organisation also refers clients to other agencies for help and is planning to build a drop-in centre, equipped with beds, bathrooms and a laundry.

Ms Burton said other fundraisers for local charities could be held at the bakery, following the success of Saturday’s event.

Funds were raised through sales of cupcakes, raffle tickets and a sausage sizzle. Photo: Supplied

Funds were raised through sales of cupcakes, raffle tickets and a sausage sizzle. Photo: Supplied

“We are hoping to do an annual fundraiser,” she said.

“We have utilised our contacts in the industry we work in and have been overwhelmed by their support and generous donation to help.”

For more information about Night Ninjas, visit their website here.