The annual Octacan collection, in support of Presbyterian Support Otago’s foodbank, is happening on Thursday 22 June.
This is the ninth year Presbyterian Support has run Octacan and they are aiming to collect over 18,500 cans. This is a small increase on the number of cans donated during Octacan in 2016.
Debbie Gelling, Family Works Social Work Supervisor, said, “Our Family Works team have seen that the long, cold summer we had this year has placed extra demand on our foodbank resources.”
“We know that issues like affordable housing, redundancies, and high heating costs continue to be challenging for a growing number of families as they head into winter.”
“Our foodbank is a critical service for the local community and demand on this service continues to increase. Octacan is a very easy way for the public to support us with can donations.”
Octacan will happen in the lower Octagon on Thursday 22 June, from 7.30am until 2.30pm. Presbyterian Support Otago will also be doing a street appeal in the city throughout the day.
“We know that Dunedin people are always so generous. We would love to see as many people as possible coming to the Octagon with a can or two.”
Local schools are supporting Octacan by organising collections in advance of Octacan, and they always enjoy being welcomed to Octacan.
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