MONEY raised for UnitingCare’s Pancake Day are beginning to trickle in with over $47,000 already pledged for people living in crisis.
Financial services AMP were just one of many local businesses that held a Pancake Day event in February in a bid to get behind the cause.
Staff arrived at work bright and early just to secure a plate full of delicious pancakes in a variety of flavours.
AMP Capital General Manager Tony Ridge and UCVT Senior Manager Marie Howard
UCVT Senior Manager Marie Howard met with AMP Capital Tony Ridge last week who kindly handed over a cheque for almost $2,500.
Local churches and schools from all over Victoria and Tasmania also got behind the annual event. Over 140 Uniting Church congregations held an event in their local community to raise money for people living in crisis including those suffering from homelessness, domestic violence, addictions or financial hardship.
Although the funds are still pouring in, St Leonards Uniting Church beat their personal best after raising over $1600 at their event. Then additional donations from congregation members saw their tally shoot up to over $2000.
While Leopold Uniting Church helped raise over $1500 for UnitingCare Geelong who support local disadvantaged families.
Leopold Uniting Church Pancake Day Coordinator Ken Flavell said congregational members and community volunteers cooked pancakes at Leopold Primary School.
It’s the fourth year the church catered for nearly 800 children, together with parents, grandparents and school staff along with a few other interested residents.
“By 8.30am it’s all action, Ken said.
“Trays of pancakes being rushed from BBQ’s to serving tables, plates being loaded at a great rate and topping distributors fulfilling the requests to lots of happy faces. Not one person missed out on a pancake – the cheerful, delighted, appreciative faces of so many were the best donations.
Ken said Leopold Uniting Church members are only too happy to roll up their sleeves and participate in Pancake Day.
“We want our church to be out there producing a positive and welcoming presence in the community,” he said.
“We were joined on the day by East Geelong UCA members for a combined morning service and so it followed quite naturally that pancakes were available at lunch time. It was a happy and relaxed atmosphere. No time restraints like we experienced at the school environment, but the donation box was well supported.”
Since 2002, millions of pancakes have been flipped and sold to raise much-needed funds for UnitingCare agencies. Last year over $80,000 was raised as a result of Victorians and Tasmanians cooking up a pancake storm.