KAPUSKASING - It has been a fulfilling week for the Kapuskasing Food Bank as it received a combined total of 5,000 lbs. of food and over $4,000 in donations split between the Annual Kapuskasing Fire Department & Kapuskasing Minor Hockey Association Food Drive, the Zombie Walk and Dance, and the Union Gas Helping Hands in Action program.
“This is the Rotary Club's second year heading the Food Bank, and being new to this we are constantly overwhelmed by how helpful and wonderful the community is for people in need in the area,” said Rick Bartlett, Chairman of the Kapuskasing Food Bank.
Taking place on Nov.6, the Food Drive saw the Fire Department and members of the various hockey teams take to the streets to gather food.
“There was over 25 vehicles, and maybe 10 to 12 hockey teams helping out, all hands were on deck,” said Bartlett. “I just want to give a special thank you to Pat Kennedy for organizing it.”
In total the food drive brought in 5,000 lbs of food and $500.
On Nov. 8 members of Union Gas donated $1,000 to the Food Bank as part of its annual Helping Hands in Action program.
“Helping Hands in Action is a volunteer programs for the employees of Union Gas,” said Union Gas Utility Services Manager Claude Baril. “Through it we give the Food Bank $1,000 for whatever it needs.”
“Union Gas has been a wonderful participant in the program for many years, the corporate contribution is phenomenal and the fact that four of their employees showed up this afternoon to help us put away 4,000 lbs of food is pretty impressive,” said Bartlett.
Also on Nov.8 was the donation by members of the Zombie Walk committee, donating $2,550.
“So this year we had the Zombie Walk and a dance for the first time, and the dance made a huge difference this year and helped us produce a lot more money for the Food Bank,” said event organizer Jennifer Coghill.
The Zombie Walk was the third annual event held in Kapuskasing and took place earlier in October.
“The Walk is basically an opportunity for those who really like zombies and Halloween to dress up,” Coghill said. “Cosplay is a lot more popular nowadays and its a way to try and get the community involved and active as well as fun for the kids. Its pretty busy and good exercise. We made the walk shorter this year to make it easier for them, and then we also held a dance for those 19 and older where we raised a lot of funds.”
Zombie Walk committee member Marissa Reedhead said that the organization intends to hold the event again next year.
“We're going to be adding more stuff next year,” she said. “We have a lot of different ideas.”
“It is for a great cause too, because there are a lot of people in need, especially with Christmas coming up, so we can help out with the Food Bank,” said fellow committee member Kevin Levesque.
Rick Bartlett expressed his thanks to all involved with the fundraising efforts.
“On behalf of the Food Bank I want to thank each one of the Zombie Walk organizers for their selflessness and for giving their attention to helping us out,” he said. “ All of these fundraising efforts are so instrumental to us surviving, let alone succeeding, so from the bottom of my heart to each of you, thanks a million.”