Red Cross planning ‘famine’ fundraiser

March is “Red Cross Month” and while volunteers won’t be canvassing door-to-door, the Dryden and District branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society is holding its second- annual “Feast or Famine” to raise funds for victims of disasters in our area.
Shana Hansson, community services co-ordinator for the branch, said yesterday she’d like to see more people from Fort Frances and the rest of the district participate in the fundraiser, adding it’s not too late to get involved.
Those taking part collect pledges from family and friends to go without food for 24 hours—from noon on March 6 until noon March 7, at which time all the participants are invited to take part in a “feast” (a lunch provided by a local restaurant).
Prizes will be awarded to participants according to amounts of money raised during the event.
Hansson said this is an opportunity to get together with work colleagues, teammates, or school friends and have some fun raising money for a good cause.
Pledge forms can be obtained by contacting the Red Cross at or by calling toll-free 1-888-277-9089.
Last year, close to 70 people in the Kenora and Rainy River districts took part in the inaugural “Feast or Famine.” Currently, only a couple from Fort Frances are lined up to participate, noted Hansson.
Town council declared March as “Red Cross Month” at its regular meeting Monday night and a flag will fly outside the Civic Centre all month.
A brief flag-raising ceremony was held yesterday morning with Hansson, local first-aid instructors Connie Calder and Kate Brant, and acting town CAO Mark McCaig.
Coin boxes also will be placed at various locations throughout the two districts.
To learn more about the Red Cross, or to support its programs and services through a financial donation, contact the local branch toll-free at 1-888-277-9089 or visit