A pre-Lenten feast for charity

Matt Britton

Reporter:

Matt Britton

With Lent now upon us, one Donegal company decided to host a pre-Lenten feast in all their branches throughout the North West by hosting a pancake morning on Tuesday last in aid of many deserving charities. The event raised around €3,000 for worthy causes.

With Lent now upon us, one Donegal company decided to host a pre-Lenten feast in all their branches throughout the North West by hosting a pancake morning on Tuesday last in aid of many deserving charities. The event raised around €3,000 for worthy causes.

In most traditions, Pancake Tuesday is known for eating pancakes before the start of Lent as they are normally made out of the main foods available - sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.

In Ireland, it is known as Mairt Inide (Shrovetide Tuesday) but in other countries it is also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.

To the team at Cara pharmacies, it was just identified as an opportunity to raise some much needed funds for many deserving charities throughout the North West such as the Irish Heart Foundation, Donegal Hospital, MS, Irish Cancer association, St. Vincent de Paul to name but a few.

Ramona Nicholas of Cara Pharmacy told the Donegal Democrat, “This was entirely a staff initiative and I have to compliment each and every one of them.

“They have spent hours at home baking all sorts of treats. It wasn’t just pancakes, there was the freshest of apple tarts, carrot cake and calorie filled pastries and they all did it in their own time.

“I know that in quite a few of the storens many of the staff came in on their day off to help out. It has been a great success and hopefully their initiative will make life a little easier for some people who might be finding things difficult at the moment.”