KELOWNA- If you see a massive Mario figure made from cans in Orchard Park Mall this week, don’t be alarmed.
Popular characters from video games are being constructed out of canned goods to benefit local food banks and families in need.
Participating building teams, ranging from elementary students at St. Joseph’s Elementary School to colleagues from an insurance company, purchased some 20,000 cans to stack with. The creative designs will be up until the weekend before they’re taken away as donations for the Kelowna Food Bank.
Lenetta Parry, who is the executive director of the Central Okanagan Food Bank, says “Canstruction” is a great way to help out.
“We serve about 4000 people per month and 33 per cent are children under the age of 15. We’re just here to help them in their time of struggle,” says Parry.
Parry is very impressed with the interest the event garners.
“Each year the event gets a little bit bigger. This year we have more teams competing and we have over 20,000 cans [That’s] about a three to four week supply of food,”she says.
The food bank urges residents to go to Orchard Park Mall to vote on their favorite can display this week. Cash and food donations are also being accepted at the mall.
“Canstruction” began in New York in 1992. It currently takes place in more than 150 cities around the world.
– with files from Timm Bruch