To music lovers Missy Elliott is a groundbreaking hip-hop sensation and the voice behind Work It. To Simon Watts, executive director of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Missy Elliott is one of many high-profile spokespeople for the M.A.C. cosmetics AIDS fund.

Elliott presented a cheque from M.A.C. to Watts last Sunday for $25,000, which he accepted on behalf of the BGF, the Queensland AIDS Council, the WA AIDS Council and the David Williams Fund (Victoria).

This week also saw the call for entries in the BGF’s major fundraiser for the year, the Bake Off. The annual baking competition and auction features celebrity judges Margaret Fulton, Longrain’s Martin Boetz and Claire de Lune and last year raised $30,000 for the AIDS charity.

Watts told Sydney Star Observer he hoped to match that sum this year.

Along with our Winter Appeal, the proceeds of the Bake Off go towards our Positive Employment Service, which last year got seven people jobs and helped 15 people back to education and training, Watts said.

To help raise the bar on last year’s event, this year’s event has a new category: Best Home Craft.
The Bake Off is to some extent modelled on cake competitions at [royal] shows so this is certainly one of the categories you might find at the shows, Watts said. I guess it’s a camp idea: we have a vision of teapots, tea-cosies, doilies, soap holders, toilet roll holders and umbrella stands. It’s also a little bit related to the macram?r crochet crazes we may have gone through in the 70s and 80s.

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