THE annual Shrove Tuesday tradition in Bendigo had pancake chefs in the mall flipping out as crowds gathered to support the local branch of charity Caritas International.

The organisation uses the day each year to launch Project Compassion, held over the six-week period known to the Christian community as lent.

Organiser Kerry Stone said this year Project Compassion’s focus is on youth and their communities globally and providing them with a just future.

“Flipping pancakes in Hargreaves Mall on Shrove Tuesday to spread the word about Project Compassion has become a tradition in Bendigo,” she said.

Ms Stone said Project Compassion last year raised $11 million nationally, which included $535,000 from northern Victoria.