Winnipeg Evanov Radio's annual food drive "Hope for the Holidays" for Winnipeg Harvest was held this weekend and was given warm support from listeners and supporters. Sister stations CKJS 810AM (with Radio Dhamaal). Energy 106 and Hot 100.5 did a Radiothon from Grant Park Shopping Centre between 9am and 6pm appealing for donations of non-perishable items or cash. Supporters included city Mayor Brian Bowman and family and philanthropist Gail Asper. Adam West, Program Director reports that this year, through some advance fundraising initiatives, a total of 2,198 lbs of food were collected before the broadcast even started . "I am confident our total will surpass 4,000lbs of food." Adam said. Meanwhile, in initial tally, total cash raised was $15,436, which is double from last year. (Final tally of food and cash total still pending upon write-up). Previous year of 2018, Hope for the Holidays raised $7,670.75 cash and 2,113lbs of food for Winnipeg Harvest. Major sponsors included Winnipeg Kia, Primary Direct Liquidation, Entegra Credit Union and Grant Park Shopping Centre. Mxyz Images hosted a photo booth while Winnipeg Old Country Sausage provided snacks. A sofa provided by Primary Direct Liquidation was raffled out for donors who donated $20 dollars or more. The annual food drive is Evanov Radio's way of giving back and helping make a difference in our community this holiday season. Winnipeg Harvest is a food distribution and training centre that collects and shares food with more than 300 food banks and agencies including day cares and schools across the province of Manitoba.
(Photo credit: John Michael /Pinoy Photographers of Winnipeg and Donna Arenas)