Letting them eat pancakes

KANGAROO Flat UnitingCare volunteers flipped pancakes yesterday to raise money for its services.

Shrove Tuesday, the Christian tradition of feasting on pancakes in the lead-up to Lent, may have been the previous day, but the church's volunteers said it could be celebrated on any day in the month of March.

Volunteer Carol Monaghan said they had a lot of people visit the Kangaroo Flat church to indulge in a delicious sweet treat.

By noon the group had raised $400 but they still had an hour of whipping, flipping and frying to go.

Ms Monaghan said the money would go towards providing emergency relief and food parcels to people in poverty.

"We're open here for emergency relief on Tuesdays and Fridays," she said.

"We're also trying to teach people to manage their finances."

She said the group also provided disadvantaged people with blankets, op-shop vouchers and school clothes for children.

Volunteer Colin Foster said he was having fun cooking the pancakes.

"I'm the only man among all these women, which makes it worse," he said.

Pancake fundraising days are being held by UnitingCare branches across Australia.

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