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This year, for our tenth Octacan, the sun shone bright. A twist on a day that is usually met with rain. The Octagon began bustling from mid-morning, once the sun appeared.
Many generous people and organisations came along to fill up the eight hearts in the Octagon with cans and other food donations. The public donated over 19,000 cans and $5,015. We are celebrating that more than 123,000 cans and food items have been given to the foodbank though Octacan events over the last 10 years.
Family Works Practice Manager Deb Gelling said, “The community was so generous again this year, and it was wonderful to see a significant number of dried food items being donated alongside the cans.”
“We see the community showing ongoing support throughout the year with donations being brought into Family Works. Without this support we couldn’t do what we do.”
“For us Octacan is not just an event to collect donations to restock the shelves, but a reminder that there are people out there who need the support we can provide. Again this year the community response to Octacan is simply incredible and very humbling”.
A big thank you to our supporters – MediaWorks, Storage King and Better Moves in Dunedin. On the day were we able to transport thousands of cans in a few short hours thanks to Better Moves vehicles and manpower.
To all groups and individuals that showed they care by bringing along donations we say a simple, but heartfelt, thank you.