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by Katie Dawson, Iowa Coordinator for Imagine No Malaria
91 sites. 128 churches. Thousands of lives saved.
Our Statewide Pancake Breakfast for Imagine No Malaria was an astounding success. With only a third of the participating sites reporting back by the time of printing, our outreach efforts served over 2,700 people and raised over $27,000!
Churches big and small were involved in the effort. A community meal surrounding a visit from Bishop Trimble in Malvern brought together folks from seven churches and raised $1,700. Fourteen churches joined together for a breakfast in the metro Des Moines area and sold over 600 tickets for their event at the DMACC Ankeny campus.
Despite proms, Drake Relays, graduations, senior bus trips, and other events that pulled people away on the beautiful spring weekend, churches were pleased with the turnout.
Judy Brotherton from Wesley UMC in Muscatine said despite it being “a beautiful day… almost too warm for people to be wanting pancakes,” they had around 200 people join them.
Many sites used the opportunity to be creative with their fundraising and activities. The breakfast in Macedonia was boosted by a matching gift to bring their total donation for the day to $1,000. First UMC Decorah saw this as an opportunity to “practice” serving the community; youth at the church served the congregation and they are in the planning stages for another breakfast over Nordic Fest weekend. Altoona UMC featured a guest drummer who had just returned from Africa and raised about $2,700. The Des Moines Metro breakfast had numerous activities for children including face painting, jugglers, and crafts. St. Paul’s UMC in Williamsburg gave each person who attended a nametag that read, “I saved a life today.”
Numerous resources were put together by the Imagine No Malaria steering committee and volunteers. Joel Sutton, who was part of the breakfast with the Lorimor, Afton, and Arispe churches, said, “I would like to say thanks to you and whoever was involved in setting up the Pancake Breakfast website and resources. It made planning our breakfast a breeze and the posters, placemats, and inserts were very helpful. We had a blast!”
Above all, the breakfasts were an opportunity for United Methodists across Iowa to work together, to reach out to their neighbors, and to inspire others to join us in this effort to save lives. We made a positive difference… with not much more than some pancake batter and willing hands! THANK YOU!
More photos and stories can be found at www.inmiowa.org.