The Dryden and District branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society is getting ready for its annual “Feast of Famine” fundraiser, which will be held in Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden next month.
In Fort Frances and Kenora, “Feast or Famine” will take place from noon on Thursday, March 2 to noon on Friday, March 3.
In Dryden, it will run from noon on Thursday, March 23 to noon on Friday, March 24.
Kyley Rankin-Donaldson, fund development co-ordinator for the district branch, said yesterday she’s on the lookout for more participants here.
Anyone is encouraged to get involved, she noted, whether it’s local celebrities, groups of employees at local businesses, or just your average person.
“Feast or Famine” participants collect pledges from friends and family to go without food for 24 hours.
Then all participants are invited to a “feast”—lunch provided by local restaurants and grocery stores in their respective communities.
In Fort Frances, successful participants will receive gift certificates from A&W, Canada Safeway, Robin’s Donuts, Tim Hortons, Subway, and La Place Rendez-Vous.
Prizes also will be awarded to participants according to the amount of money they raise.
Pledge forms can be obtained from the Red Cross office at 103 Duke St. in Dryden or by calling the Red Cross toll-free at 1-888-277-9089.
This will be the fourth-annual “Feast or Famine” in Dryden, and the second one both for Fort Frances and Kenora.
Rankin-Donaldson said the fundraiser has been fairly successful in the past, with a fundraising goal this year of $6,000 by all three communities.
This event raises funds for local Red Cross programs, including assistance for victims of disaster (situations ranging from an individual house fire to a flood that disrupts an entire region).
Following a disaster, the Canadian Red Cross works with governments and other humanitarian organizations to provide for people’s basic needs—food, clothing, shelter, first aid, emotional support, and family reunification.
The specific services offered are based on the community’s needs and the role that the Red Cross has in the local disaster response plan.
All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge, and is made possible because of the generosity of financial donors and the volunteers who provide time and expertise.