Twenty-five years ago an idea for a fundraising venture was put to a Kangaroo Flat Uniting Church UCAF meeting – making Christmas puddings for sale. Profits would then be distributed between church funds, local charities and organisations under the banner of the Uniting Church.
Production of these puddings had humble beginnings in the church hall and kitchen. But as orders increased over the years larger premises had to be sought, so on Bendigo Cup Day each year, a pupil free day at Crusoe College, Kangaroo Flat, an army of volunteers take over the college kitchens and weigh, measure, mix, stir, and boil over 250 Christmas puddings.
This year, 26 October, was no exception, with 46 volunteers enjoying another productive day while enjoying fellowship as we celebrated these 25 years. Many of our members have participated in every pudding bake and our oldest member, 90-year-old Alice still maintains a keen interest and assists where possible.
We give thanks that our pudding bake has enabled us to contribute to so many causes over the years, that we have been able to maintain this activity for a quarter of a century. We pray that we may be able to continue to do so for many years to come.