West Shore RCMP held a Cram the Canoe event to collect donations for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. (West Shore RCMP photo)

West Shore RCMP Cram the Canoe event draws $2,000 for food bank

Event also brought attention to National Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday, June 21

The West Shore RCMP’s Cram the Canoe event on Sunday was a big success.

On June 9, West Shore RCMP partnered with Esquimalt and Songhees Nations as well as Thrifty Foods to raise money and non-perishable foods for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

READ ALSO: RCMP challenge residents to Cram the Cruiser

The community came out, donated and supported Cram the Canoe at Admirals Walk Thrifty Foods. It’s an event where the public aims to fill a canoe, belonging to the BC RCMP Indigenous Policing Services, with non perishable food donations. A barbecue was also held at the event.

The final total of donations from the barbecue, cash donations and non-perishable food items was close to $2,000 with all proceeds going to the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

The event and the canoe also brought attention to National Indigenous Peoples Day which takes place on Friday, June 21. Members of the West Shore RCMP detachment will use the canoe and participate in traditional canoe races at Royal Roads University on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

READ ALSO: Central Saanich Police open doors to community

“We have all heard of Cram the Cruiser but we invited everyone to Cram the Canoe and help provide meals to those in need,” said Const. Cole Brewer of the First Nations Community Policing Unit at West Shore RCMP. “The community turned out for this event and the support was unbelievable.”

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

George Jay parents tired of dog poop left on school’s fields

Parents advocate for stronger fines, more signage in the neighbourhood

Booms go up in Gorge Creek after hydrocarbon spill

The source of the spill is being investigated

Dog dies, Victoria man arrested after incident in Oaklands

Police called to ‘incident between a man and a dog’ Monday afternoon

Thief steals donation box, tip jar from Oak Bay businesses

Oak Bay Police Department looking for suspect

VIDEO: Greater Victoria mom shares ‘insane’ experience of viral dinosaur video

Tabitha Cooper filmed her costumed sons meeting their grandma at the Victoria International Airport

B.C. teacher suspended for poking student in stomach, pulling another’s ponytail

Teacher also swore in classroom, used Facebook to contact students

Larry Walker Jr. and Sr. keeping expectations low for hall-of-fame induction

Walker needs 75 percent of votes in order to be inducted into Cooperstown

Gene Simmons to launch new Titans of Rock music festival in Grand Forks

The rock legend has partnered with Chuck Varabioff to run Titans of Rock in Grand Forks

VIDEO: 17 Husky pups rescued from Interior B.C. property find new homes

The BC SPCA caught the moment on video the last puppy, Uki, met his owners

U.S. officials confirm first case of Wuhan coronavirus near Seattle

The U.S. is the fifth country to report seeing the illness

Police recover body of Tofino man near Hot Springs Cove

An RCMP dive team has recovered the body of a Tofino man in his 50s.

Skier dies at Fernie Alpine Resort

It’s the second person to die in a tree well at a ski resort in B.C. in the past week.

Power lines cut as thieves strike Vancouver Island veterinary hospital

‘Thankfully there weren’t any animals or staff in the clinic when this happened’

Most Read