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Rotary Club selling holiday cakes and ham

Continuing on a 37-year tradition, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is again selling heritage holiday cakes and smoked hams to support its many community projects.

The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood supports many community services such as Lakeridge Health Oshawa, the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, the Kids Safety Village of Durham Region, Participation House, Grandview Children’s Centre, YMCA, the Salvation Army, Simcoe Hall Settlement House, Mary Street School, UOIT and Durham College, and many other organizations here in Durham Region.

“The heritage holiday cake is a two-pound, eight-ounce fruit cake, and is packaged in a gold and red box. Reasonably priced at $25 each, it makes for a very affordable Christmas gift,” says Ted Morrison, past president of the Rotary Club. “The all-butter fruit cakes with brandy extract make a perfect end to a traditional festive dinner, or an elegant gift idea for your family, friends and corporate clients. Many people tend to think of fruit cakes as a treat to be served at Christmas only, but we are pleased to say that they make great gifts all year round.”

“This year, we have two kg smoked black forest-style hams from Brandt Meats, delivered in a Brandt bag. They are lean hams, mildly cured, delicately smoked and cooked, and can be enjoyed oven baked, sliced for sandwiches or cubed in a salad. The purchase price for two kg Brandt black forest ham is a real bargain at $25,” he adds.

Morrison explained the club has seen a significant increased demand from the business community in Oshawa over the last few years.

“We thank them very much. Many corporations and companies are changing their gift giving to those that the whole family can appreciate. Businesses and organizations want to treat their employees and their customers in a manner which better reflects their company’s values,” Morrison said. “And that is why the holiday cakes and hams have become very popular holiday gifts for family, friends, neighbours, employees, coworkers, or even favourite customers.”

Orders may be placed with Morrison by calling 905-623-3810, or by email at, or with Rotarian Devon Biddle by calling 905-576-2563 or email at before Nov. 10.

The cakes and hams will be available sometime in the first week of December, just in time for the gift giving season.