Will, Blaze, Kaitlyn and Eva. Photo: GARRY PATERSON

Project Compassion, Australia’s largest fundraising event for aid and development, is held each year over the six week period, known to the Christian community as Lent.

Caritas Australia flipped pancakes in Hargreaves Mall on Shrove Tuesday to spread the word about the project.

Coordinator Kerry Stone said pancakes and poverty might seem like an odd mix but they remind us of our privilege and plenty.

“We recall the old Shrove Tuesday tradition of using up the flour, milk, eggs and sugar – the last hurrah – before going back to basics in Lent – a time of reflection, fasting and alms-giving.

The project brings many thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

“This year Project Compassion celebrates the power of learning, and the many ways in which Caritas Australia is working with local partners around the world to provide vital learning and renewed hope to children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice,” Ms Stone said.

“Last year Project Compassion nationally, raised a record $11.6 million which included more than half a million dollars from this region of Victoria. Here’s hoping
for 2019.”