This year’s CANstruction event is about to hit the halls of Lambton Mall. Now in its eighth year, the event is one of the largest single opportunities for the Inn of the Good Shepherd to receive donations to its food bank.
Some 16 creative teams from the design, architecture and engineering industries, local schools, businesses and community groups will take part, beginning with “build day” this Saturday, March 24.
Judging of the creations, with this year’s suggested theme being “cartoons,” will take place on Sunday, March 25.
As is customary, there will be opportunities for cash donations to be received at each display.
The teams will be challenged to build impressive structures using only non-perishable food items of all sizes and shapes that they personally collected. Each “work of art” will be judged on “best use of labels”, “structural ingenuity”, “best meal”, “Judges’ favourite”, “most cans”, “rookie team”, “best use of theme” and “Jr. outstanding structure”.
In a recent announcement by Canstruction national headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, Sarnia was named 19th place for the most food collected in 2018 (38,856 pounds), and 14th place for most cash donated—$14,454.
Officials at the Inn say Sarnia has always placed in the top 25 internationally, beating out large cities like Phoenix Arizona, Long Island, New York, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Washington DC.
New this year will be the opportunity to vote online at www.canstructionsarnia.ca. Structures for voting will be available to see online on Sunday, March 25th. The structure that raises the most money will be designated the People’s Choice Award winner.