Canstruction a winner for area food banks

Canstruction Kelowna collected more than 28,000 cans of food and $2,500 to be split between the food bank and the Sally Ann.

The Kelowna Community Food Bank and Kelowna Salvation Army say their clients are the real winners as a result of the recent Canstruction competition.

Canstruction Kelowna—a partnership between the Rotary Club of Kelowna, the club’s foundation, Enactus (formerly known as SIFE), the food bank and The local Salvation Army branch—collected more than 28,000 cans of food and more than $2,500 in cash to be split between the food bank and the Sally Ann.

“We’re very grateful for all the support the community has shown,” said Maj. Ron Cartmell, Major of the Kelowna Salvation Army.

“This donation will go a long way to helping families in our community.”

The displays at Orchard Park Shopping Centre, made using of food, were taken down Monday night and by today are expected to be part of the nutritious lunch or dinner both organizations help provide for local families in need.

“Canstruction is a great way to raise the issue of hunger in Kelowna” said Lenetta Parry, associate executive director of the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

“It is a unique event that gets everyone involved, by way of teams, sponsors, judges, donors, volunteers and the general public who were able to vote for their favourite structure either in person or online.”

The overall winner of this year’s Canstruction competition was Orchard Park Shopping Centre’s creation.

Maple Reinders was given an honorable mention, Urban Fare won in the best use of label category and the award for structural ingenuity went to Dorothea Walker Elementary School. The best meal award went to St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Enactus took the People’s Choice award.

While Save-On-Foods did not walk away with a trophy for its 26-foot-long replica of the old floating bridge, a new category was created just for it called the Bragging Rights Award.

According to competition chairman James Kay Canstruction is an international event that comes with some pretty strict rules and guidelines for building and so the judges were unable to award Save-On-Foods top prize.

“That said, it was a phenomenal structure and they definitely deserve credit,” said Kay.

The Roteract students and the Rotary Club of Kelowna also entered the competition and although they did win they walked away all smiles knowing they supported a great cause, said organizers.

Judges for this year’s competition included Bob Mills from Power 104, Heather Adams from Q103, engineer Gordon Savage, Kelowna city councillor Maxine DeHart and Peter Schultz, president for the Rotary Club of Kelowna.

“We have already received interest from two new teams that would like to participate next year” said Schultz,.

“Therefore, the Rotary Club of Kelowna has committed to spearheading the event in 2014.”

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The Canstruction exhibit was on display last week at Orchard Park shopping centre and donations were accepted.


Kelowna Capital News