In 2014, Sophie Pollmann — a Swedish-German woman who’d lived in rainy England for 16 years — finally took the advice of her friend, Westporter Jill Johnson Mann.
Jill convinced Sophie that this is a great place to live. The charity Sophie works for — International Animal Rescue — offered her a job as US director.
She and her husband sold their 11-acre home in Kent, and moved with their 3 kids to the cozy Compo Beach neighborhood.
The only problem: Sophie had to leave her beloved chickens behind.
Problem solved: Jill’s friend — best-selling author — Jane Green kept chickens. Plus, she’d moved here from England too.
The women hit it off. They share an office. Jane has MCed an IAR event for Sophie.
And now Jane is pulling out her well-worn oven mitts, and helping out with Cakes for Apes.
The idea is simple: You bake a cake (or cakes). You sell them to friends, family and colleagues. The money goes to IAR’s orangutan project in West Borneo.
The organization — which (of course) encourages the use of locally sourced, natural, sustainable and fair trade ingredients in all cakes — makes it especially simple. They offer thousands of recipes online.
When you sign up, you get a fundraising pack. It’s filled with ideas for successful bake sales. (Or — you can’t take the England out of Sophie and Jane — a tea party.)
So where does Jane Green fit in? She’s one of many celebrities who have donated recipes. Hers is a lemon and almond tart.
Cakes for Apes will be held April 23-30. But you can start planning for this jolly good project now.
(For more information, call Sophie: 203-919-7386. To sign up for Cakes For Apes, click here.)