Community spirit
In addition to bringing 125 non-perishable food items for House of Lazarus Food Bank to the 2017 HOL Family Fun Day, Melissa Martel (left) also brought Chloe Martel, Liam McCurdy and Abby McCurdy for a fun day out.   Courtesy photo

MOUNTAIN— House of Lazarus (HOL) is determined to make this year’s Family Fun Day fun for the whole family.

A fan favourite
Jamie Ceelen is pictured meeting some of Vanderlaand the Barnyard Zoo’s many petting zoo peeps during the 2017 HOL Family Fun Day. Courtesy photo

The annual food bank fundraiser is set for Sat., May 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning with a walkathon, and including a host of activities for all ages, including a large bouncy castle courtesy of Southgate Church, a petting zoo with Vanderlaand the Barnyard Zoo, a barbecue courtesy of Knights of Columbus, a ukulele concert with the Vernon Ukulele Group followed by an interactive kazoo jam session and more.

Admission is only $2 per person, but free for those participating in the walkathon. The walkathon offers a 2.5 kilometre excursion for walkers, runners, or bikers to complete at their leisure. Pledges can be in the form of money or non-perishable food items. Pledge sheets are available for pick up at HOL’s stores or for download via HOL’s website.

“While some are definitely collecting pledges, we have other participants planning to skip the pledge sheet and participate by making a donation,” HOL client services manager Kim Merkley said.
In addition to raising money and non-perishable food items for HOL’s food bank, the event is meant to offer families a fun and affordable weekend outing.

“House of Lazarus is more than a food bank,” HOL executive director Cathy Ashby said. “At HOL we try to fill in the service and resource gaps in our community, but we also try to build community by offering everyone opportunities to come together for an inexpensive day of fun and giving back.”