Letter: 'Cupcakes for a Cause' supports SHARE

Organization founded by Basking Ridge teen has grown to further assist girls' education in Tanzania.

Editor's note: Shannon McNamara of Basking Ridge founded SHARE in Africa while a student at This year, she is a a freshman at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, majoring in Women's Studies, according to the SHARE website. The organization, started in 2008 when McNamara was 15, began when after a visit to Tanzania that led to 33,000 donated books being sent to schools for girls in that country. The organization now focuses on providing a scholarship program for girls in Tanzania, the website says.

Dear Editor:

Thank you for publicizing "Cupcakes for a Cause," a SHARE in Africa event held on World Malaria Day last week in Liberty Corner. Nearly 100 supporters were inspired by the stories told by our special guest speaker from Africa, Sister Esther Buberwa. The Headmistress of the school SHARE supports in Tanzania spoke about the importance of educating African girls through education. We also discussed the need for funds to pay for life-saving malaria treatment for the students. Attendees enjoyed a silent auction, sale of handmade African crafts, and of course, gourmet cupcakes! 

Huge thanks to all our volunteers, including 15 local teens, who helped make this a fun and successful evening! Special thanks to Sonia Waldman of Sonia's Sweet Perfections in Morristown for donating her amazing cupcakes. Thanks also to the local businesses and individuals who contributed to our silent auction, including Color Me Mine in Bernardville; in Basking Ridge; in Basking Ridge; the Yoga and Healing Center in Scotch Plains; in Basking Ridge; "The Saints and the Y's Women;" Terry and Audrey Brady; and Donna Marki and Richard Marki, M.D. 

We invite you to visit our website shareinafrica.org for more information. Anyone who missed the event and is inspired to support SHARE in Africa is most welcome to send a check payable to SHARE to P.O. Box 330, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. 


Karen McNamara

Executive Director

SHARE in Africa



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