Pancakes help find homes for the homeless

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Throughout the month of March more than 400 Pancake Day events were held in schools, churches and community organisations to help raise money for UnitingCare’s Homelessness programs.

UnitingCare’s annual Pancake Day was launched in Melbourne’s Federation Square on 2 March.

More than 2000 pancakes were sold with the help of ambassadors Brian Nankervis (from the TV program ‘RockWiz’), Janelle Bloom and Peter Everett (from the cooking show ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’), and Dan and Dani (from the TV program ‘The Block’).

The launch event was filled with more than just pancakes.

A photo booth was set up for quick Pancake Day snaps, and competitions were held throughout the day including a pancake flipping competition and pancake limbo. Penny the Pancake Day mascot wandered throughout the crowd for photos and the occasion cuddle with children.

Janelle Bloom said she loves being a Pancake Day ambassador because of the work that UnitingCare does in the community.

“I receive requests to join charities every week, but I like to get involved with only a couple a year so that I can really get involved in the cause,” Ms Bloom said.

I love being a Pancake Day ambassador because I know all the money raised goes back to the cause and into the community. I know it’s going where it’s needed,” Ms Bloom said.

Raising more than $84,000 in 2013 for family support programs, UnitingCare has set a high target in 2014. With an increased number of Pancake Day events being held, and through personal donations, it is hoped  $100,000 will be raised to assist the homeless.

Retiring director of UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania Charles Gibson said that on any given night in Australian one in two hundred people are homeless.

“That is why this year all money raised goes directly to support the everyday work of UnitingCare programs and services for the homeless,” said Mr Gibson.

Money raised through Pancake Day events goes directly into supporting the homeless with daily living, including helping them find a place to live, employment assistance, emergency relief support and financial counselling.

Personal donations can still be made throughout April on the Pancake Day website, www.pancakeday.com.au.

By Stephanie Duthie

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