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Fantastic feats of charitable engineering unveiled at Benson Centre

Published on April 16, 2016
Fantastic feats of food engineering unveiled at Benson Centre

Published on 16 April 2016

The Cornwall Rotary Interact Club, compromised of students from C.C.V.S. and St. Lawrence Secondary School, unveiled a Spiderman structure at the 'Canstruction' competition in support of Agape Centre Saturday (April 16) at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont.

Photos by Adam Brazeau

Can-do attitude shines at Benson Centre

Published on 15 April 2016

Bourgon Construction Inc. build a giant beer mug structure, as a cheers to Cornwall-based Rurban Brewing, at the 'Canstruction' competition in support of Agape Centre Friday (April 15) at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont. Bourgon Construction Inc. president Chris Markell and fellow staff members are pictured at the opening hour of the competition.

Photos by Adam Brazeau

Can-do attitude shines at Benson Centre

Published on 15 April 2016

WSP/Architecture49 builds a replica of the centre span of the Seaway International Bridge at the 'Canstruction' competition in support of Agape Centre Friday (April 15) at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont.

Photos by Adam Brazeau

Can-do attitude shines at Benson Centre

Published on 15 April 2016

Photos by Adam Brazeau

Can-do attitude shines at Benson Centre

Published on 15 April 2016

The Cornwall Kinsmen Club build a 'Kin-der-Garden' structure at the 'Canstruction' competition in support of Agape Centre Friday (April 15) at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont. TC Media Cornwall general manager Rick Shaver and fellow service club members are pictured in the opening hour of the competition.

Photos by Adam Brazeau

Can-do attitude shines at Benson Centre

Published on 15 April 2016

Bourgon Construction Inc. build a 'Kin-der-Garden' structure at the 'Canstruction' competition in support of Agape Centre Friday (April 15) at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont. Bourgon Construction Inc. president Chris Markell and fellow staff members are pictured at the opening hour of the competition.

Photos by Adam Brazeau

CORNWALL, Ont. – Six teams, 12 hours, 12,000 cans – Canstruction is not your typical food drive.

The inaugural 'Canstruction' Cornwall competition is underway at the Benson Centre.

"We’re really excited to bring this international event to Cornwall," said Kendra Smith, fund development and communications officer at Agape Centre and member of the Canstruction Cornwall planning committee.

Organizers said over 12,000 cans and non-perishable food items will be donated to the food bank/community kitchen/thrift store as a result of the event, in addition to sponsorship support and donations from people's choice award voting.

The Agape centre provides food and clothing to more than 1,000 people each month.

The unique fundraiser challenges teams to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food, non-perishable food items, and a few props to complete the look. At the close of the competition all of the food is donated to the Agape.

"It’s a fun way to raise some food for the shelves at a time of year when typically donations run low," said Smith.

Teams will be building through the night to have their structures – which can be as large as 10 ft x 10 ft x 10 ft – ready for judging Saturday morning.

The colossal art pieces will be on public display for two weeks, beginning 8:00 a.m. on Saturday (April 16) through to April 30.

Six groups have committed to the challenge: Bourgon Construction, Cornwall Kinsmen Club, Professional Engineers Ontario, Rotary Interact Club, Agape Centre, and WSP/Architecture49 Inc.

Teams are contending for a title in five categories: Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Jurors Favorite, and People’s Choice. The local winners will move on to the international competition.

Community partners include Seaway Express, Baxtrom’s Your Independent Grocer, National Grocer, and No Frills.

The unique fundraiser challenges teams to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food, non-perishable food items, and a few other items to help secure them.

TC Media Cornwall - Seaway News is a proud sponsor of the event.

For more information, visit agapecentre.ca and cornwall.canstruction.org.