By Maria Immaculate Owechi
Different business communities, companies and organisations have set up Whatsapp groups with connect to one another, share ideas, assist each other and even have fun.
Earlier this week, Diana Kobugabe Karara, the owner of Lady D’s Cakes was faced with a difficult situation that she decided to share her burdens with fellow bakers on the Cake Shop Uganda Whatsapp group.
The message in form of a prayer request read, “Hi family, sorry I have been quiet. But it’s because I have been nursing a sick husband in ICU with a clot in the lungs. I need your prayers.”
Apart from worrying sick about her husband’s health, she also had a pending cake order from a client getting married this week on Saturday.
She wrote, ”I even have a wedding order and am confused on what to do for my bagole. Pray for me.”
Most of the group participants responded with a series of messages sympathising with her Plight. One of the group members, also the group’s leader, Asha Batenga suggested that they could do more than pray. She reasoned that apart from the prayers, Kobugabe needed a helping hand to cater for the pending cake order.
Batenga pledged to bake the biggest tier and asked other participants to volunteer to bake a tier and also decorate the cake according to the design provided.
Alternatively, they would bake and join to get one cake artist for the decoration.
This, she explained would be done at no charge because Intensive Care Unit(ICU) is expensive and Kobugabe needed all the money she could get to save for her husband’s treatment.
Not receiving a penny did not phase out the members in this group. They were kind enough to respond to the call and as of now, plans have been made on how all the cakes will be collected together at a certain location, how transport will be organised to the venue and who will work on the setup.
Kogugabe told My Wedding she was overwhelmed with joy and amazed at the kindness of the members.
”Before they came to my rescue, I was confused and panicked at the fact that I had not yet bought the ingredients or even started off with the baking, yet the ceremony was a few days ahead(this Saturday).
And in a thankful and grateful note to her friends, Kobugabe says,”It’s only God that can best repay them for their kind hearts and it’s also an eye opener for me to one day repay the same kindness to someone who may need help.”
Like Kobugabe, these bakers teach us all to show acts of kindness in simple ways through the means available to us. Prayer is powerful,deciding to act is a prayer already answered.
My Wedding will bring you details on how the bakers jointly pulled off this cake.
A toast to kindness.