The Dawson Creek Fall Fair helps stocks shelves thanks to new food drive program with support from Encana
Dawson Creek, British Columbia: Thanks to the World Professional Chuckwagon Association’s (WPCA) Race Against Hunger program presented by Encana, the Dawson Creek Salvation Army Food Bank received 272 kilograms (600 pounds) of non-perishable food items and more than $1,500 in cash donations during the Dawson Creek Fall Fair.
“Encana would like to thank everyone who donated food and financial support last week in our first drive of this kind,” says Don Rowan, Community Relations Advisor for Encana. “The chuckwagon used to be a source of food and comfort for settlers on the prairies. This new program is continuing to keep that meaning alive with the support from the local community. We’re hoping next year will be even more successful.”
To date, the Race Against Hunger has raised more than $22,500 and 3,400 lbs of food in support of food banks in the Calgary, Dawson Creek, Drumheller, Grande Prairie, Ponoka, and Strathmore regions. Typically, donations are down at this time of year but each community has been rising to the occasion.
Encana’s Community Investment Program contains a key focus on supporting family and community wellness. “ We’re aware that the recession isn’t over for everyone, so raising awareness for food banks is a great way for us to give back to the communities where we live and work,” says Don Rowan, Community Relations Advisor for Encana.
The Race Against Hunger program also received support from the WPCA drivers such as Jordie Fike, Tim Haroldson and Codey McCurrach. “Our young drivers’ participation is strengthening our culture - ensuring that community support, as a value, continues as we grow and evolve,” says Carmen Stone, Marketing Manager for the WPCA.
The Race Against Hunger program will continue at the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Badlands Dinosaur Derby in Drumheller, August 27 – 29, 2010. The food items will be collected in Encana’s natural-gas powered Dodge truck-turned-chuckwagon, converted to run on natural gas as part of the company’s shift to using this clean-burning energy to fuel its fleet vehicles.