Flipping for a good cause

Pancake Day volunteersUnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania is calling on locals to support the annual Pancake Day event on Tuesday, 9 February.

Pancake lovers will heat up their frypans to make a difference to people’s lives, with every dollar raised going towards UnitingCare programs to support people living in crisis.

Since 2002, kind-hearted pancake lovers have raised $1.3 million for vital UnitingCare services across the nation.

Events manager Catherine Robertson said bills, school costs and housing pressures are forcing struggling Victorian and Tasmanian families to seek help from UnitingCare agencies.

“The post-Christmas period is one of the busiest for local charities, including UnitingCare, with people urgently seeking financial help,” Ms Robertson said.

“Credit card bills, utility payments, housing costs and school expenses coming at once are a source of extreme anxiety for families and lead to many seeking help.”

In previous years, Uniting Church congregational groups have been the biggest supporters of the event – making up around 60 per cent of all registrations.

“We can’t thank our devoted church members enough for getting behind this worthy cause,” Ms Robertson said.

“Pancake Day is a fun way to bring the community together while making a real difference to people’s lives.”

There are calls for more church groups and the community to get behind Pancake Day by hosting their own event, heading to a Pancake Day cook-up or by donating online at www.pancakeday.com.au.

“Every little bit counts,” Ms Robertson said. “Last year almost $83,000 was raised but we’re hopeful we can reach our target of $100,000. The more events taking place in Victoria and Tasmania, the more money we can give to people who are suffering from homelessness, abusive relationships, addictions, financial hardships or illness.”

UnitingCare, the largest non-government provider of community services in Australia, reaches all corners of the country and supports more than two million people each year.

“We call on everyone in the community to buy a pancake or three at your local event and get behind this cause.”

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