The crew from radio station ZooFM was flat chat cooking, tossing and topping pancakes at Dubbo South Primary School yesterday when students, teachers and parents gathered for UnitingCare’s national Pancake Day.
According to principal Paul Loxley, the 750-strong student body was thrilled to have radio personalities Mitch and Dave in attendance.
The ZooFM barbecue was put through its paces cooking pancake mix donated by Midwest Food Wholesalers.
The $259 raised on the day will help UnitingCare programs in the local area.
This morning Pancake Day moves to the Dubbo City Centre’s Macquarie Street entrance where tables and chairs set up sidewalk café-style will encourage shoppers and staff from local businesses to stop for a tasty treat.
Staff from local UnitingCare agencies Burnside, Wesley Employment and UnitingCare Aged Services will be on deck from 9.30am to 12.30pm, along with members of the Dubbo Uniting Church congregation.
Also helping out will be representatives from the Aboriginal Employment Service, PCYC and local identities including MP Dawn Fardell and mayor Allan Smith.
“Planning and running an event like this is quite an undertaking but everything is coming together wonderfully,” Reverend Ian Diamond of the Dubbo Uniting Church said.
“Pancake Day is about bringing people together and raising some money for local programs. More importantly, the event provides an opportunity to highlight the increase in the number of Australians in need and encourage our community to share what we have with those less fortunate.
“An additional benefit will be broadcasting the good work done by UnitingCare locally – Burnside has an important role working with local families and youth, Wesley Employment helps the long-term unemployed and UnitingCare Aged Care provides a number of aged care packages in the Dubbo area.”
Dubbo College is also getting into the spirit of Pancake Day. The Delroy and Senior campuses will be cooking and selling pancakes during the lunch break on Friday.
This year Pancake Day is focusing on the needs of children and young people disadvantaged by poverty, homelessness, disability, family breakdown, abuse or neglect, and the work of UnitingCare to alleviate these problems.
Pancake Day has been timed to coincide with Shrove Tuesday, a day traditionally associated with pancakes, community spirit and sharing,
Thousands of schools, businesses and community groups around Australia are transforming 40,000 bottles of donated Green’s Pancake Shake and 7000 containers of Green’s maple-flavoured syrup into funds for Australians doing it tough.
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