On a day when many of us were enjoying the bounty of the Thanksgiving long weekend, a group of socially-conscious and community-oriented participants gathered to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than themselves – and had a great time all the while!! At the sports fields at Fisher Park on the afternoon of Monday, October 10th, over 50 people took advantage of the beautiful weather to participate in the 4th annual Fall Frisbee Food Bank Frolic.
For a donation of two non-perishable food items, participants were introduced to the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. For some, it was their first exposure to this fast-moving field sport, and for others, it was an opportunity to get some additional time chasing after a disc. While the children ran through some throwing, introductory drills, and a mini-4-on-4 tournament, the adults – not wanting to miss out on the fun – parcelled out some field space for themselves, too.
The event concluded with a draw for various prizes, graciously provided by the local CIBC Branch, Daredevil Discs and the local professional Ultimate team, the Ottawa Outlaws. A brief presentation by the Director of the Parkdale Food Centre gave the participants a clearer picture of where their food donations were going. It was a glorious afternoon, and the significance of supporting those in need – whether during the holiday season, or anytime else – was certainly not lost on the young participants. This was our biggest and best year yet, and rest assured that it will be back next year, raising more money and collecting even more food!! Hope to see you there – and Thanks for Giving!!
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