Left to right: MLA Randy Hawes

Left to right: MLA Randy Hawes

Politicians, Abby Heat come together to help food bank

Buy some Heat tickets and help St. Joseph's Food Bank

A ticket-selling competition between politicians will help raise money for St. Joseph’s Food Bank.

Starting this weekend, and running each Saturday and Sunday until April 7, MLAs Randy Hawes, Marc Dalton, Green Party of BC candidate Aird Flavelle, BC Liberal candidate Simon Gibson, BC NDP candidates Mike Bocking and Preet Rai, plus Mission Mayor Ted Adlem will be working the crowds at a number of locations locally to sell Abbotsford Heat tickets.

The AHL club has donated the tickets for the April 12 game to St. Joseph’s for this fundraising event. Proceeds will go towards ongoing construction of the Seventh Avenue building.

“This is a great opportunity to support the St. Joseph’s Food Bank in a meaningful way and have some fun, too,” said Ron Leger, volunteer building project manager. “Our shared goal is straightforward at St. Joseph’s Food Bank: feed the needs of those without. Mission is a caring community. This event is another opportunity for each of us to show we care and truly make a difference.”

Ticket-selling teams will be in place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays at Safeway, Save On Foods, Real Canadian Superstore, Fraser Valley Building Supplies and Canadian Tire.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church started distributing food to Mission residents in 1990. By 2008, the church basement no longer sufficed and planning began for a standalone structure. The Catholic archdiocese made space on the Mission property, and ground was broken in 2010.

A budget of $650,000 was formed, and Leger says only another $124,000 is needed.