The LEHDER CANstruction Team is extremely honoured to have participated in the 2016 Sarnia CANstruction event which benefits The Inn of the Good Shepherd, a vital service in our community. The 14 teams participating this year spent most of the day Saturday, March 5, raising our structures at Lambton Mall with hopes of beating the annual totals from the previous year. Last year with CANstruction 2015, our small community placed:
- 2nd in Canada and 18th in the world for volume of food raised; and
- 1st in Canada and 2nd in the world for food and funds raised!
A theme was provided to the teams this year, and while not a mandatory requirement, the LEHDER team wanted to construct a structure based upon the 'Famous Landmarks from Around the World' theme. Thus, the idea for the Leaning Tower of "Pizza" came to be. However, we wanted it to lean like the actual Tower of Pisa does so our design team set to work on that difficult task. After weeks of design, sourcing of food items and pre-building our structure, we were confident we could safely build the tower to obtain the visual effect we wanted.
The award ceremony was held Sunday, March 6, after the team of judges had an opportunity to view all the completed structures. Pictures of all the structures entered this year and the full awards list can be located on the Sarnia CANstruction 2016 Facebook page. The LEHDER team was honoured to place:
1st - Best Meal
1st - Best Use of Theme
2nd - Judges' Favourite
3rd - Best Use of Labels
3rd - People's Choice (monies raised through public donations at the structure)
We would also like to thank our sponsors:
Bright's Grove Foodland - providing us discounts and donations of the food items we needed for our structure.
DMI Property Management - donating a parking pass to the LEHDER Point Edward office for a staff raffle.
The Saucy Pig - providing LEHDER with an excellent BBQ lunch as an internal fundraiser.
LEHDER Point Edward staff - their generosity during our fundraising efforts raised over $600 for The Inn.
The support of our community is amazing, and we are so proud to be a part of this fantastic event. Thanks again to the team at The Inn for their tireless work in organizing this event each year, and to Lorraine Kraayenbrink Photography for providing us this great image of our structure. We're already looking forward to next year's event!
Check out a few of the articles published in our local media on the CANstruction event: