Bring Down Hunger campaign raises $7,000

Event dates: October 27, 2010

Organizers of the Bring Down Hunger campaign with local radio personalities Tim Cormier and Shilo Bellis spent 12 hours dangling above Main Street in Moncton last Thursday and it proved a major success.

The goal was to raise $4,000 to help the Food Depot Alimentaire's own campaign to purchase the building where they are located. By the time Cormier and Bellis were back on the ground, they had raised $6,000 for the campaign, said organizer Jennifer Marr of Advance Savings Credit Union.

The next day, a friend called and donated $1,000 to bring the final total to $7,000, said Marr.

"We were ecstatic" by the time Cormier and Bellis stepped off the crane bucket which had hoisted them 80 feet in the air for most of the day, she said.

It meant the purchase of a second shelf at the food depot, whose campaign to raise $1.25 million is about halfway there.

Marr said she was thrilled with the support shown for the effort. A steady stream of people stopped by to offer their support during the day.

Advance Savings Credit Union and Omista Credit Union bought one shelf at a cost of $12,500.

That and the partnership between the Bring Down Hunger campaign and local radio stations C103 and XL96.9 are two ways the organizations have been able to give back to the community, she said.