Colossal structures made completely out of non- perishable food items are coming back to Victoria in the third annual Canstruction Victoria event.
This year’s theme, ‘A Blast from the Past’, is expected to inspire structures that will take visitors on a pop culture journey through time, with a look at memorable games, events, characters and more. The Dahlia Society is hosting the event at Mayfair Shopping Centre as a fundraiser to help The Mustard Seed. Canstruction organizers are asking the public to come down to enjoy the event between May 6-16 and bring a donation of food or funds to help The Mustard Seed through their busy summer season when food needs are high and donations are generally low.
“This is our third year and we’re really seeing interest from the community grow with every event we hold,” said Christopher Mavrikos, founder and executive director, the Dahlia Society. “Supporting families in need through The Mustard Seed is a cause that so many people want to get behind and we’re hoping to raise a lot of food and funds again this year.”
Visitors can attend the event during shopping centre hours and while there, vote for their favourite Canstruction for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ by making a donation to The Mustard Seed of two dollars or two non-perishable food items. ‘Family Can Day’ on Saturday, May 14 will include a Canstruction scavenger hunt, local mascots and face painting. ‘Family Can Day’ will also host a media challenge from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. between Ed Bain from 100.3 The Q and Dylan Willows from The Zone 91.3.
“Canstruction is such an important fundraiser for The Mustard Seed,” said Allan Lingwood, acting executive director, The Mustard Seed. “We are very grateful to The Dahlia Society and all Canstruction teams, sponsors and supporters for all of their efforts to give back to our community.”
To date, Canstruction Victora events have raised nearly 60,000 cans of food, which, in addition to monetary donations, equals approximately $163,000 worth of product and funds to The Mustard Seed.
Nine teams are involved in the 2016 event including St Michael’s University School, Knappett Projects Inc., Megson Fitzpatrick Insurance with Steller Architectural Consulting, Seafirst Insurance with Finlayson Bonet Architecture, two Fairway Market teams with Low Hammond Rowe Architecture, Sysco Victoria with Read Jones Christoferson, Low Hammond Rowe Architects and Christine Lintott Architecture.