Purple Cake Day Patron
Dame Suzie    Dame Suzie Moncrieff Dame Suzie Moncrieff is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Wellingtonian of the Year Art Award 2010, and was a finalist in the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2012.

Dame Suzie is well-known as the founder of WOW® - The World of WearableArt™ Show.

She has generously supported Purple Cake Day since it began in 2010, and knows that PCD is doing something very significant by raising awareness of the fight children all over the world have to get the education they need to build a better future.

In 2013, WOW® officially endorsed Purple Cake Day as a Charity of Choice. Click here for details.
Business Partners

We are deeply grateful to the people, businesses, and organisations who support Purple Cake Day so generously with their time, skills, and resources.

A big thank you to the following companies and people who have helped make Purple Cake Day'’s work possible.

Major Partners

Nelson Mail Gecko Press Volume One
SpeedyPrint Revell Design Andersonlloyd lawyers
Daniel Allen John-Paul Pochin photography Robyn Berry matt klitscher photography
Wow Museum Kathryn Furniss Wild Health Food Kath Bee
Penguino's Just costume Rotary
Meet the board

Emily Sanson – Founder and Chair

Emily Sanson-Rejouis   Born and raised in New Zealand, Emily’s humanitarian aid work took her on an adventure around the world and changed her life. Faced with her toughest challenge, she decided to gently rise up, rally likeminded people and bring hope, happiness and real change through education to children around the world.

I was brought up … To learn more read the Founders Story…

Roger Sanson – Trustee /  Financial Director

Roger Sanson   Growing up in rural New Zealand, Roger learnt first-hand about farm management and gained a broad range of practical skills.  Add to that a strong interest in social justice, which led to a career working with people in need, and eventually to more than 20 years providing financial planning and investment advice. 

Now a leader in The Rotary Club of Nelson, Roger is also involved in a number of community groups and projects, including environmental restoration.  His combined diverse skills support us tremendously.


Sarah Sharp - Trustee

Sarah Sharp   Since her Dunedin, New Zealand, childhood, Sarah has been inspired by the principles of fairness for all and the benefits and responsibilities of belonging to a global community. 

Her Masters in Political Science led to work in academia and the private sector in disability research and services, and environmental consulting.  After more than a decade working in New Zealand, Europe, Africa, North America and Japan, Sarah and family recently relocated to Nelson. 

A mother of two, she also directs an environmental services consultancy and co-owns an art and design gallery.

Ruth Carr - Trustee

Ruth Carr   Ruth’s colourful bouquet of talents and experience includes earlier days studying social work at university while helping at risk youth, and her role today as inspirational lyricist and front person for world-travelling New Zealand band Minuit. 

In 2000 she volunteered with the United Nations in Kosovo, and then East Timor.  When not helping us she divides her time between the film industry, playing music, creating and having fun with her family.
Meet the purple team

Paul Dodge - Multi Media

Paul Dodge   If you have seen any video clips, moving pictures or newsletters about Purple Cake Day, then Paul has probably had a hand in it somewhere. In a volunteer role he films, photographs, tweeks, edits, sings and records to help tell our story.

Jane Morrison -  Schools programme

Jane Morrison   Jane has worked with children for over 40 years, as a preschool and primary trained teacher, and currently works at Nelson Children's Library. She is a grandmother of 8 in New Zealand, with another 44 children in Kenya who look on her as their grandmother too. A big kid herself, she loves her bicycles and scooter, and enjoys setting up 'stuff' for kids to get creative and have fun!

Through outreach programmes and voluntary visits to schools Jane aims to give local children and their families an appreciation that they are kindred spirits with children in other parts of the world.

Contact Details
General inquiries
Email: celebrate@purplecakeday.org
Our Address: PO Box 899, Nelson, 7040, New Zealand


Email: donate@purplecakeday.org

About Purple Cake Day

Purple Cake Day is a charity event that supports children worldwide to receive the education they need to break the poverty cycle and create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
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