Pancake Day is UnitingCare South Australia’s leading fundraising event and each year falls on Shrove Tuesday, or the day before Ash Wednesday.
Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the last day to eat all the flour, eggs and dairy products in your kitchen before the start of Lent which is a time of abstinence and reflection in the 40 days before Easter. The European custom of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday was one way to use up these ‘luxury’ items and over the centuries, Shrove Tuesday and pancakes became perfect partners.
Donations and money raised from the sale of pancakes goes directly to local UnitingCare organisations to help them provide practical support to South Australians in need including those without a home, people living with disabilities, vulnerable children and adults, older people and families in crisis.
Pancake Day is about:
- Enjoying an activity together
- Most of all: Helping others
Since its inception in 2002, more than one million pancakes have been sold and over $500,000 has been raised by groups state-wide!
A bit about UnitingCare
The Uniting Church exists to join in with God’s mission of reconciliation and renewal of the whole creation. UnitingCare is one way the church seeks to transform lives, community and society into places of hope and opportunity for everyone. Our vision is a compassionate and just community in which all people belong and are able to reach their full potential.
Through the organisations, schools and colleges associated with the Uniting Church, the UnitingCare network demonstrates its commitment to supporting vulnerable members of our community and the importance of engaging all people in advocating for a better world.
In South Australia, UnitingCare is a diverse group of 25 independent community and aged care services, hospital, schools and colleges associated with the Uniting Church which are also part of a national network of more than 400 Uniting Church organisations. For more information about these organisations, schools and colleges, please contact them directly using the menu at the left.
UnitingCare Pancake Day 2015 (South Australia)
- 17 February 2015
- Events can be held anytime in February or March.