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Leo D’Cunha
Bellevision Media network

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around” – Leo Buscaglia

Chicago, 06 Sept 2011: With their acts of caring, the Eden Food Bank in Mississauga turns an individual’s and families’ lives around.   People come to them during a crisis and the food bank provides food assistance to up to 500 families every month.  The food bank depends on donations – food and money to meet the growing needs of the individuals and families that rely on them.  For example, MAC, with the selfless support of its members and supporters, raised approximately 50 pounds of non-perishable food items during its annual picnic in June 2011 and donated it to the Eden Food Bank.  In addition to donations, the food bank also organizes fund raising activities to raise awareness of hunger and poverty issues and encourage contributions of food items.  To successfully coordinate these activities, they need the volunteer support of communities and students.



One of the objectives foremost and of utmost importance to the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) is service of the less fortunate in the community and leadership by example.  MAC teamed up with the Eden Food Bank during their Riders Against Hunger event on August 20, 2011, where bikers participated in a poker run-style of about 150 kms round trip.  The start point was the Eden Food Bank location at 3185 Unity Drive and the end point was Five Guys Burgers and Fries in the South Common Mall.  MAC actively participated all day by updating event information brochures, selling Chinese Auction and 50/50 draw tickets, organizing breakfast for registrants, managing the Chinese Auction table, directing bikers to designated parking spots and ensuring that the event ran efficiently and smoothly.  All money that was raised during this event went directly to support the work done by the Eden Food Bank.

 MAC appreciates the admirable effort and time volunteered by the students, parents and the Executive members who gave up a Saturday to participate in this worthy cause and event. 



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