Sharing it around

TREATING yourself to some pancakes this Saturday will help the Traralgon Uniting Church raise vital funds for youth services in the region.

The group of volunteers are celebrating their 10th year of flipping pancakes for charity and are preparing to make about 200 pancakes at the Traralgon Market this weekend.

Traralgon Uniting Church event coordinator Greg Samson said visiting the pancake stall was a simple way the community could support the “young people who need our help”.

“UnitingCare target people in fairly urgent need, so there is no doubt the money is benefiting the community,” Mr Samson said.

“We have chosen to allocate our funds to UnitingCare Gippsland, to support their projects and this year there is an emphasis on disadvantaged youth.”

Mr Samson urged people to support the “delicious” fundraiser.

He said the volunteers planned to continue raising funds for local youth services through the sale of pancakes for “many years to come”.

Funds raised on the day will support UnitingCare Gippsland foster and respite, youth, financial counselling, early intervention and child assessment services, early childhood services, alcohol and drug services, mental health support services, community development, and emergency relief support.

Each year, hundreds of people from schools, community groups, churches and businesses nationwide cook and sell pancakes to help UnitingCare agencies tackle poverty.

In 2011 almost 400 groups registered to host an event and together they raised about $70,000.

Uniting Church Traralgon will be flipping the mix from 9am Saturday at the Traralgon Markets, Kay Street.