A flipping good cause

Maree Clarke and Neville Anderson are ready for The Gisborne Uniting Church Pancake Day. (Luke Hemer)

By Jessica Micallef

The sweet smell of butter and maple syrup will waft throughout Gisborne this weekend.

Gisborne Uniting Church volunteers will be flipping pancakes outside the IGA Supermarket in the Gisborne Shopping Centre on Saturday to mark Shrove Tuesday.

Event co-ordinator Maree Clarke said 2020 marked the church’s 17th year taking part in the annual fundraiser.

“Pancake Day is a great way for us to get together, have something good to eat and help others at the same time,” she said.

“We have such a good time making pancakes and selling them to the very generous people of Gisborne and surrounds, and at the same time we are able to tell people about how Uniting [Church] makes a difference in the lives of those who do it tough.”

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is the last day before the start of Lent – a period of fasting and prayer in the lead up to Easter.

The day references the old tradition of using all luxury ingredients in the pantry including flour, butter and eggs before the Lent period.

Money raised from the sale of pancakes will be donated to Uniting Vic Tas – a not-for-profit
organisation supporting people living in crisis.

Grab yourself a pancake or two on Saturday, February 22 at 22 Brantome Street, Gisborne between 9.30am-12.30pm.