Neighbours Helping Neighbours at Our Local Food Centre

The 2020 Walkathon for the Centre took the traditional route behind Parliament Hill, but this year's Virtual Walk for the Centre can take you anywhere your imagination leads. Photo Supplied

The 2020 Walkathon for the Centre took the traditional route behind Parliament Hill, but this year’s Virtual Walk for the Centre can take you anywhere your imagination leads. Photo Supplied

Mainstreeter Staff

The Old Ottawa East (OOE) community has been very generous this past COVID year in supporting the Centretown Emergency Food Centre at 507 Bank Street with food, toiletries, underwear, socks and sandwiches. The catchment area for the Food Centre includes Centretown, the Glebe, Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East.

An annual Walkathon is the Food Centre’s main fundraiser. Last year’s event was a great success. Participants were encouraged to decorate and carry colourful personal posters in support of the Food Centre and to submit photos of their walk. Organizers were able to offer prizes donated by local neighbourhood grocery stores.

This year’s Virtual Walk for the Centre takes place on October 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The theme of “Neighbours Helping Neighbours” implies helping more in troubled times Walkers can choose their own two- or four-kilometre walk in Old Ottawa East, on their favourite trail, or on their treadmill at home! For those who wish to do so, it is also possible to walk the path behind Parliament Hill, the traditional route for the Walkathon in past years.

Twenty-two neighbourhood churches are members of the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee (CCSAC), the parent organization of the Food Centre.

OOE residents are encouraged to register online for the walkathon by visiting the CCSAC website (www.centretownchurches.org). Check out the CCSAC website and Facebook pages closer to the date of the walk for additional information.

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