The Canstruction entrants on display at Orchard Park Mall from last year's fundraiser for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

The Canstruction entrants on display at Orchard Park Mall from last year's fundraiser for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

CANstruction returning to Kelowna

Teams can still enter fundraiser to assist Kelowna Community Food Bank.    

Save-On-Foods along with the Rotary Club of Kelowna proudly present Canstruction Kelowna 2012 taking place Feb. 6 to 12 at Orchard Park Shopping Centre.

Canstruction is an international event committed to ending hunger. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 15 million pounds of food to community Food Banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

Canstruction Kelowna is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Kelowna, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation, SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), The Kelowna Community Food Bank, and The Kelowna Salvation Army. This incredible design/build competition uses canned food as building blocks to create extraordinary structures.

“It is one of those events that has to be seen to be believed,” says Robin Smith, spokesperson for Canstruction Kelowna.  “These structures are truly amazing – the public is invited to view the competition from construction right through to de-canstruction.  We encourage the public to vote for their favourite sculpture either in person or online at”

The food used to build the Canstruction structures will be donated to the Kelowna Community Food Bank and the Kelowna Salvation Army.

“This year is shaping up to be very successful. We have had an overwhelming response from teams, in fact, we are at maximum capacity. Teams include Dorothea Walker Elementary School, Save-On-Foods, SIFE, UBC-O Engineering, Kelowna Rotaract, WATERPLAY, T.R.A.D.E.S., and the Women’s Place,” Smith said.

There are five sponsorship levels each with its specific monetary commitment, recognition, and benefits.   “We were thrilled to have Save-On-Foods come on board as our title sponsor,” said  Smith.

Sponsors to date include; Astral Media, Kelowna Capital News, The Daily Courier, Orchard Ford, Orchard Park Shopping Centre, Pro Sign, SW Audio, Zesti Media, Dockside Marine, Dilworth Quality Homes, Fawdry Homes, Heinz, Kelly O’ Bryans and Sysco.

This year’s theme, “Love CAN,” is in honour of the event taking place near Valentine’s Day.  It depicts “loving thy neighbour” as individuals and organizations move towards ending hunger.   “We are grateful to all the teams, sponsors, volunteers and donors who make this event possible.”  For more information on how you CAN get involved, visit

Additionally on Saturday, Feb. 11h, a “Build Your Wealth Forum Buffet and Wine Wind up” will be held at the Ramada Hotel, from 9am to -3:30 pm.

“This time of year is perfect to educate individuals and couples on alternative investment solutions” said Sheila Jayson, the event organizer.  “We have lined up a great panel of expert speakers, excellent prizes and ten dollars from the sale of each ticket will be donated to CANstruction Kelowna for the purchase of baby basics.”

For more information and ticket details, visit



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