St Leonard’s Brighton Beach Uniting Church create recipe for success

September 24, 2020

In 2017, Barry Schofield came up with the perfect recipe to shake up St Leonard’s Brighton Beach Uniting Church Pancake Day fundraising activities.

Barry was watching a news story about people sleeping rough at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne and noticed an interviewee was holding a cup of coffee.

“It made me think that if 100 people saved the cost of a cup of coffee each week, it would quickly add up to a sizeable amount,” says Barry.

From there, Barry and Church minister, Rev Kim Cain developed a plan.

From International Coffee Day on 1 October, they asked congregation members to accept a coffee mug and take on ‘The Coffee Mug Challenge.’  

Each participant made a commitment to put $4 each week in their mug for 20 weeks, until Shrove Tuesday – or Pancake Day as it’s commonly known.

During the Sunday Church service prior to Pancake Day, congregation members placed the funds from their coffee mugs in a bowl at the front of the Church.

Participants were then treated to coffee and pancakes.

Close to $11,000 was raised in the first year of the challenge.

Since then, St Leonard’s Brighton Beach Uniting Church has raised over $35,000 for people in crisis.

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