We are just weeks away from our tenth Octacan, which will be held on Thursday 21 June in the Octagon from 7.30am.
Octacan is all about collecting cans and donations for the Family Works food bank, so they can continue to support people and families in need.
Our goal for our tenth event in 2018 is to have at least 18,000 cans and $5,000 donated, so a total of 23,000 items. Let’s see if we can continue the trend of going above and beyond.
In 2009, the very first Octacan resulted in 4,013 kindly donated, placed into a shape of a koru. The first can was placed by Deputy Mayor Syd Brown, and the koru reached 4.45 metres across.
2010 brought in MediaWorks to help with advertising, resulting in an increase of 29%, with over 5,600 cans donated.
2011 saw 6,524 cans donated, many were from secondary school students. Columba and Taieri Colleges both won the radio award offered by MediaWorks, for the most amount of cans donated by a group. The Business award went to Converse New Zealand.
In 2012 over 8,000 donations were given. Lisa Wells, our Director of Communication and Fundraising at the time, stated that “The circle of generosity means we can continue to provide essential support.”
In 2013 the wet weather didn’t deter scores of children from helping to donate 7,229 items. Included was six year old Logan Boswell, who had been donating since aged three.
In 2014 the heart grew twice the size of 2013 with 13,312 donations. It was described as being “A heart of compassion.”
Generosity continued in 2015 with 14,577 donations. Monica Lindemann, Communication, Fundraising and Marketing Director, said “It may have rained cats and dogs, but people were exceedingly generous. It was a day of people helping people”.
2016 saw donations jump up again to 18, 301 cans.
Last year, 2017, was the biggest turn out so far. “The sodden frost-covered ground was brightened by outlined hearts of colourful chalk. Each heart marked the placement of differently themed cans.” We had a record breaking 22,172 donations!
Our goal for our tenth event in 2018 is to have at least 18,000 cans and $5,000 donated, to make a total of a possible 23,000 items. Let’s see if we can continue the trend of going above and beyond.
Please join us for Octacan when it happens in the lower Octagon on Thursday, 21 June 2018, starting at 7.30am.
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