Pancake day to support YouthCARE chaplains

Pancakes for good: YouthCARE chaplains Heather Campbell and Deon Thorne with church leader Jane Jilley.
Pancakes for good: YouthCARE chaplains Heather Campbell and Deon Thorne with church leader Jane Jilley.

A feast of homemade fluffy pancakes and bottomless cups of tea and coffee will be awaiting the community on March 5 when St Augustine Uniting Church hosts its annual Pancake Day. 

Now in it’s sixteenth year the church commemorates the day as Shrove Tuesday in preparation for Lent prior to Easter.

Church leader Jane Jilley said the event had been run for many years and raised funds for YouthCARE chaplains in South West schools. 

“They are a listening ear for the children who can talk to them without any judgement – it’s a supportive pastoral role and the chaplains support the whole school community,” she said.  

YouthCARE chaplain Heather Campbell said the supportive role of a chaplain was an important one for students and staff - providing a safety net when needed. 

"It's about sitting down with them, finding out how they're going and help them to offload worries and concerns they're going through and to respond at that time is really important," she said. 

"We don't get involved in discipline so we're seen as the softer, gentler side."