Christmas Cakes chairman Brian Williams, of Kingsley, said the campaign originated in Goulburn, NSW, in 1965 where cakes were home baked.
�The program quickly grew, with Big Sister contracted to produce a cake weighing three pounds,� he said.
�The project immediately proved successful and sales have been constant over the past two decades.
�In 1975, the cake became metric and converted to 1.5kg and reduced in packaging from 12 to 10 per carton.�
Mr Williams said other companies, including Gartrell White, Arnotts and Sarah Lee, had turns baking the cakes, but since 1983 Top Taste � the baking division of George Weston Foods � had been making them.
He said Lions introduced a 1kg cake in 1998, then added the 900g traditional pudding to the range in 2010.
Mr Williams said nationally annual sales were about $6.5 million, with $2 million of the funds raised going to help sight, health, welfare and humanitarian projects.
�It is estimated that since the inception of the program as a national project, funds raised have exceeded $50 million,� he said.
�This is an outstanding result and reflects the enthusiasm of the clubs participating in the program.�