WHO knew pancakes — on top of being a delicious (if diet-destroying) treat — could also save lives?
But that’s just what they’ll do when Echuca Moama Uniting Church holds its annual Pancake Day event on Shrove Tuesday.
Featuring a scrumptious two-course dinner, the event will raise funds for people living in crisis, including those experiencing homelessness, addictions, domestic violence and financial hardship.
Echuca Moama Uniting has been running the event for more than a decade.
And it’s still bringing plenty of sweetness to locals’ lives.
‘‘Echuca-Moama is the second highest fund raiser in the state, just behind Euroa,’’ volunteer Betty Curtis said.
‘‘We have a very generous community here. Anyone’s invited to the dinner, the more community support the better.’’
The annual Pancake Day dinner is just one Uniting church project supporting locals in need, with the church’s weekly breakfast and lunch outreach programs also bringing light to the community.
‘‘Through these outreach programs, we support anyone doing it tough, whether they’re lonely or struggling in other ways,’’ volunteer Loris Cole said.
‘‘In addition to food, we also offer showers and facilities, as well as towels and soap and conditioner.
‘‘And we’re always on the lookout for more volunteers to help out.’’
Ms Cole said the Uniting church would do whatever it could to help people out of heartbreaking situations.
‘‘It’s important to remember these people are valuable — they’re all somebody’s sons or daughters,’’ she said.
‘‘Some people come in with only what’s on their backs. Others have been camping on the river under a tarp for two months.
‘‘It’s just so tough to comprehend how people can live is such tragic conditions. But we’re here to do all we can to help.’’
Pancake Day will be held in the Echuca Moama Uniting Church hall on Tuesday, February 13 from 6.30pm.
The cost is $12.50 per person and $25 for a family.
Outreach breakfasts are held at the church every Wednesday and Friday from 8-9am.
The lunches are every Tuesday from 12-1pm.