UnitingCare SA’s leading annual fundraiser Pancake Day delivered sweet results for the community last month. Thirteen years since its inception organisers were pleased to report a 16 per cent increase on the number of SA events compared to 2014.
UC Invest was again proud to support and partnered with UnitingCare SA, providing $10,000 to assist with the facilitation of the highly successful community fundraiser.
Julianne Rogers, the vibrant Communications and Events Manager at the helm of Pancake Day in SA said,
“UC Invest’s generous support is instrumental to the smooth running of this network
of celebrations, enabling us to secure an administrator as well as distribute Host Packs to each group holding an event. Without these two fundamental operations, Pancake Day would be unable to continue giving grants to vulnerable and marginalised groups.”
Currently, UnitingCare SA is able to provide 86.2 per cent of monies raised from Pancake Day as grants to smaller projects that often have little or no resources, yet still provide support to members within the community. Funds raised through Pancake Day are allocated to many wonderful projects including;
• Zero interest microfinance loans for vulnerable people
• Soup kitchen
• Financial counseling for those in need
• Pharmacy, petrol and food vouchers for those facing an immediate need
• Manchester for those coming out of homelessness to take to their new home
Julianne revealed distance was not a deterrent with fundraising groups spanning from Adelaide to Mount Gambier, Whyalla to Tumby Bay, the Riverland and areas in between.
Hundreds of events took centre stage statewide on Shrove Tuesday (February 17, 2015) at churches, schools, community arenas, aged care facilities and other public spaces with further fundraisers planned until the end of this month. Mascot Penny Pancake made it to many events across the state meeting people and promoting the fundraiser along the way.
To find out more about how to get involved in hosting a Pancake Day event next year, visit sa.pancakeday.com.au