Recap: Surrey Food Bank Fundraising Breakfast

CPABC Surrey/Langley/N.Delta Chapter members attending Surrey Food Bank’s “Breakfast with the Bank” fundraiser. Photo by Li Cheng.

The Surrey Food Bank (SFB) held their  16th Annual Breakfast with the Bank event on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Bombay Banquet Hall in Surrey.  This early morning event also marked the food bank’s 35 years of service to the local community.

About 10 members of the CPABC Surrey/Langley/North Delta Chapter attended the breakfast which was emceed by GlobalBC TV’s Mark Madryga.   The event attracted over 300 attendees, including CPAs, staff from Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Surrey Fire Department, Local Police department, and many other businesses and people from the community.

During the one hour event, over $114,000 was raised to help grow the community beyond hunger.  For every dollar donated to the SFB, that one dollar donation turns into three dollars of value of food to help those in need.

Feezah Jaffer, SFB’s executive director said, “Our theme this year is ‘Be the Change you Want to See.’  This is my personal motto as it was instilled in me at a very young age.”   She added, “our community, our organization and our clientele have gone through many changes over the years, but the truth is that there is still much more work to be done in helping to grow our community beyond hunger.”

Maryln Graziano, Executive Director External Relations at Kwantlen University, was the event’s keynote speaker.  She recounted for the audience that during the Great Depression, her grandparents always generously prepared additional portions of dinner to welcome anyone around the neighbourhood who needed food and showed up at dinner time.  She spoke about how attendees are helping the SFB by raising funds that will help prepare the food to put on the table of local families.

The Chapter has been been supporting the SFB for the past 8+ years with volunteers involved in the various SFB activities including sorting food products in the warehouse, serving in the distribution centre with SFB clientele, and donating directly to the SFB.  Among those attending were Carl Markwart CPA CGA, chapter chair and Table Captain, and Tom Senft CPA CGA, former CPABC board member.   Carl said, “this event follows directly after tax season, so I like to take the opportunity to donate some of my T1 return profits. The timing is easy to remember and cash flow makes it possible.”   Tom also continued a long standing tradition of his company, JD Sweid Foods, by donating $5,000 of chicken products to the SFB.

Thank you to those who attended the event and who kindly donated food products and monetary donations.

The impact of this event and everyone’s generous support will definitely spark change in the lives of the clients and their families.

Let’s be the change we want to see!

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