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Published January 30th 2016
Pancakes are on the Menu
Pancake day is an annual event, also known as Shrove Tuesday. UnitingCare hold events to celebrate Pancake Day and it is also their major fundraising event. Pancakes can be sweet or savoury, healthy or quite decadent. Which ever way they come, it is definitely pancake time!
Each year groups, individuals, schools, churches, businesses and organisations are invited to hold their own Pancake Day event. In the process raising much needed funds for the disadvantaged and raising awareness of poverty. This year Pancake Day is on Tuesday, February 10th. However Pancake Day events can be held anytime in February and March.
Pancake Day fun
UnitingCare UnitingCare is an organisation that helps provide practical support to South Australians in need including those without a home, people living with disabilities, vulnerable children and adults, older people and families in crisis. Since its inception in 2002, more than one million pancakes have been sold and over $600,000 has been raised by groups state-wide. Poh Ling Yeow is a Pancake Day Ambassador.
Pancake day has its own resources and website. Which contains info on how to run an event and how to obtain an information pack, recipes and even competitions. Further information here There is also a Facebook site, have a look here
History of Pancake Day Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday.
For perhaps thousands of years, people in Europe have celebrated the time just before spring. Some historians suggest that a festival of eating pancakes goes as far back as pre-Christian times. In 1439, the first pancake recipe appears in history, with the first Pancake Races recorded in 1445 in England.
This was the last day to eat all the flour, eggs and dairy products in your kitchen before the start of Lent, which is a time of abstinence and reflection in the 40 days before Easter. The European custom of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday was one way to use up these 'luxury' items and over the centuries, Shrove Tuesday and pancakes became perfect partners.
Shrove Tuesday has become a traditional day to celebrate throughout the world. Info from Pancake day website.
It's time for PANCAKES!
Recipes The Pancake Day website also includes many pancake recipes. Pancakes are easy to make, especially if you cheat and use the packet mix. However, pancake batter is easy to make with whatever recipe you choose. My tip is to try making little ones, as the bigger ones are harder to turn. Check out some recipes here.
Colouring Competition This competition is open to junior and upper primary students. Only one submission per person is accepted and we look forward to seeing them by email or snail mail. Prizes for junior primary students and prizes for upper primary students. Download the colouring-in competition here.
Send your entries to GPO Box 2145, Adelaide SA 5001 or email@example.com with your name, phone number and competition category by 31 March 2016.
All ages are invited to participate in the photo competition! Capture your event on camera send us three of your best photos by email or snail mail. Judges will consider artistic composition and how the photo represents the fun and inclusivity of Pancake Day. Additionally to be the winner, you must supply a high-resolution digital photo. Download the entry form here.
Creative Writing Competition
There are no limits to how you can impress us with your writing, from a story in the perspective of a pancake… to a poem… or a script between people on the day. The more original the better!
There are 2 categories, and a winner will be selected from each category; Primary School and Secondary School. Send your entries to GPO Box 2145, Adelaide SA 5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and competition category by 31 March 2016.