Pancake Day tradition played out
THREE-year-olds Noah Carroll and Lanthy Lorenz were just two of the children at the Murwillumbah Uniting Care Pre-school to enjoy pancakes yesterday.
The preschoolers joined visitors to the Murwillumbah Uniting Church Hall in celebrating National Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday.
Uniting Care church and preschool volunteer Joan Drummond was manning the hotplates.
“We've gone through about 25 bottles of mix, plus three made-up batters,” Mrs Drummond said.
“We have served about 300 pancakes.”
A plate of pancakes was $4 for adults and $1.50 for children, and a large variety of toppings were available, including maple syrup, honey, golden syrup, jam and cream, lemon and sugar, passionfruit or lemon butter and even chocolate.
“Seconds were negotiable,” laughed Mrs Drummond.
“Most people came back for seconds and thirds.
“It was a busy morning but a good morning.
“I was flat out cooking from 6.30am to 8.30am.”
The Uniting Care ladies were joined in the kitchen by preschool parents, with the morning's proceeds, about $350, going to the kindergarten.
“We're trying to upgrade the playground,” Mrs Drummond said.
“We have a new order of equipment that costs about $6000, so this will help.”
This is the fourth year the Murwillumbah Uniting Church has taken part in National Pancake Day celebrations.
Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of the Christian holiday season of Lent, 40 days of fasting before Easter.
“The majority of people don't know what Shrove day is,” Mrs Drummond said.
“But the church people are doing 40 days of Lent by giving up something they enjoy.
“I'm giving up coffee.”
Throughout Australia yesterday thousands of schools, businesses and community groups transformed about 47,000 bottles of donated Green's Pancake Shake and 9000 bottles of maple-flavoured syrup into funds to assist community outreach activities.