Help Polar Express and pancakes fight child hunger

Rotary of Victoria and Breakfast2Music look for event sponsors

Pancakes, pyjamas and the Polar Express. It sounds like a recipe for a magical holiday party, but it’s much more for the Grade 4 and 5 students of Greater Victoria’s breakfast programs.

The 2015 census found 15 per cent — roughly 3,000 children — live in poverty. A result can be many kids going to school hungry, making it difficult to learn.

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On Dec. 9, the annual Polar Express Pancake Pyjama Party will be held at IMAX Victoria, hosted by the Rotary Club of Victoria Harbourside and Breakfast2Music. Both non-profits are asking other local businesses to give what they can. Donations will cover the cost of admission for children and raise money for breakfast programs in School District 61.

“We have been supporting the meal programs at four local elementary schools for the past several years,” said Gary Liebel, the chief financial officer of Ralmax. “We are proud to challenge other local businesses and organizations to step forward and support the leadership that Harbourside Rotary has taken with Breakfast2Music on this initiative. This year, we have dedicated $16,000 to our schools. We are also providing up to $4000 in matching dollars for the Polar Express Pancake Pyjama Party.”

To get involved, contact Brian Shaughnessy of the Harbourside Rotary at 250-580-5553 or bwshaughnessy@gmail.com. Breakfast2Music can be contacted at info@breakfast2music.com.

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