Ararat St Andrews Uniting Church Pancake Day 2018 on February 21 to raise funds for charity

Phillipa Hale and Meryl Poole preparing for Ararat St Andrews Uniting Church Pancake Day on February 21. Picture: PETER PICKERING
Phillipa Hale and Meryl Poole preparing for Ararat St Andrews Uniting Church Pancake Day on February 21. Picture: PETER PICKERING

The Ararat community is invited to come along to St Andrews Uniting Church Hall on Wednesday February 21 to be part of this year’s Pancake Day appeal.

All money raised from the sale of pancakes at the Barkly Street church will go to support the work of Uniting Vic.Tas, the community services organisation of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

“We’ve been taking part in the Pancake Day Appeal for many years,”  Philippa Hale said.

“It’s a great way for us to get together, have something good to eat and help others at the same time.”

13 February was Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, this year.

It is an important date in the Christian calendar, marking the last day before the start of Lent, a period of fasting and prayer in the run-up to Easter.

It is a day when people mark the tradition of making pancakes while also raising much needed funds for their local communities.

Funds raised will be used in local communities where Uniting is delivering programs and services. These range from emergency relief for families facing food crisis, to supporting homeless people; from finding work for the disabled, to supporting an older person to live independently.

The Pancake Day Appeal has raised nearly $1.8m for communities across Victoria and Tasmania over its 17 years.

St Andrews Pancake Day will be held from 10am – 1pm next Wednesday.

There will also be a display of teapots, teacups and decorative afternoon tea tablecloths to browse while pancake orders are being prepared.

Cost is $7.50 for all you can eat, with bottomless cups of tea and coffee.

Free entry for children to the age of 12.