Building starts on CANstruction

Several community groups will come together to CANstruct a way to end hunger.

Starting February 6 through till the 12, canned food will be constructed into extraordinary structures and put on display at Orchard Park Mall’s Skycourt  as part of a design/build competition called Canstruction.

Canstruction is an international event committed to ending hunger.  Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 15 million pounds of food to community Food Banks.

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.

Robin Smith, Spokesperson for Canstruction Kelowna says the event is one that has to be seen to be believed.

"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 www.kelownacanstruction.com.”

This year CANstruction expects to raise over 18,000 cans of food and $4000 cash which will be spilt between the Kelowna Community Food Bank and Kelowna Salvation Army.

Ron Cartnell, Major for the Kelowna Salvation Army is grateful for the support the community has shown. 

"This donation goes a long way to helping families in our community."

Lenetta Parry, Associate Executive Director for the Kelowna Community Food Bank believes Canstruction is a great way to raise the issue of hunger in Kelowna.

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

According to Smith, the 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.  "

This year’s theme is titled “Love CAN,” is in honour of the event taking place near Valentine’s Day.  It depicts “loving thy neighbor” as individuals and organizations move towards ending hunger.

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

“This time of year is perfect to educate individuals and couples on alternative investment solutions” says Sheila Jayson, 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, please visit http://buildyourwealthforum.wordpress.com/.

To make a donation online visit: http://www.rotaryclubofkelownafoundation.com  

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