TORONTO, October 29, 2020 - From a hot wing eating contest, to running a marathon, the pandemic forced BDO Canada employees to find new and creative ways to help those in their communities who need it most. The firm is pleased to share it raised 530,000 meals for FCC’s annual Drive Away Hunger campaign through mostly virtual fundraising efforts. This was the 13th year in a row that BDO Canada supported this initiative to fight hunger and help local food banks.
“It’s in our BDO culture to give back to the communities that we serve in,” said Pat Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, BDO Canada. “I am proud that across the country our teams rose to the occasion, coming up with new and engaging activities to raise money for this important cause.”
Fundraising took place at offices from September 1st to October 14th. In October, BDO launched BDO Goes the Distance, a campaign which asked employees to walk, run or cycle on October 3rd to raise money for the initiative. BDO employees accepted the challenge and together walked, biked, and ran a combined 1400 km. One staffer literally went the extra kilometres, running a marathon.
Some of the fundraising activities included:
- BDO Goes the Distance
- Pie a manager (virtually)
- 50/50 draw
- Drive through food donation drop offs
- Online silent auction
- Hot wing challenge via Zoom
- Hand-pick potatoes after the harvest – 1,684 lbs of potatoes picked for Winnipeg Harvest
- Carrots picked up from farm and delivered to food bank
- Bake sale
- Cupcake delivery service
- Virtual pub quiz nights
- Online donations through partnership with Food Banks Canada
- BDO recipe book creation and sale
To date, BDO Canada has donated over 6.4 million meals in food and donations.
Drive Away Hunger started in 2004 when a FCC employee travelled across Canada in an open-cab tractor trailer for eight days collecting almost 60,000 pounds of food. The campaign has grown to become the largest employee-led food drive in Canada, with 100 per cent of donations directly benefiting local charities.
For more information about the 2020 FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign, visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca.
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