City strives to set Guiness World Record

April 3, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04-02-2014

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Gwen O'Connell Phone: 604-460-7006 or

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City and Wesbrooke Food Drive Aims to Break World Record for Centennial

PITT MEADOWS, BC – City Councillor Gwen O'Connell and the Wesbrooke Seniors Living Community in Pitt Meadows have partnered up to leave a positive legacy during the City's centennial year by breaking a Guinness World Record. On April 12, people are asked to bring as many non-perishable food donations as they can to the Wesbrooke between 9am and 1pm to beat the previous world record of 600,000 pounds of food collected, or roughly 32 pounds per resident.

All food collected will go to the local Friends in Need Food Bank, which serves over 2,500 people annually with nearly one third of that number being children under 18.

“We were thinking about how we could engage the community by doing something that would help those who are struggling and we came up with a plan to fill the Food Bank shelves,” said O'Connell.

“Pitt Meadows is such a special community. As soon as I made the call for volunteers to help gather food, 600 people signed up.”

O'Connell is passionate about the Food Bank, having served two terms as a Director and has dedicated much of her career and volunteer activities to helping those in need.

Pitt Meadows residents are encouraged to start stocking their shelves now and then have items either collected by block captains in their neighbourhood or drop donations off at the Wesbrooke at 12000- 190A St, Pitt Meadows between 9:00 and 1:00 pm on April 12.

“There is no doubt that we can do this – this is what Pitt Meadows is all about,” commented Pitt Meadows Mayor Deb Walters, who will be acting as an official counter for the event.

According to the Guinness World Records, the largest food drive by a non-charitable organization in 24 hours was set by the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Food Drive who collected 254,493 kg (559,885 lb) of food in Durham, North Carolina, USA, on 5 March 2011. Pitt Meadows food drive organizers are hoping to beat this record by collecting over 600,000 pounds, or about 32 pounds per resident.

The entry into the Guinness World Records is just one centennial project that has been planned as part of the City's 100th birthday. The Centennial team has held two very successful competitions for the centennial logo and street banner designs by talented local artists. Finalists for the Citizens of the Century and Future Leaders program will be announced later this spring, and a re-enactment of the first Council meeting is planned for April 25 as part of the day-long Community Birthday Party and Heritage Fair. Tickets are now on sale for the Heritage Tea on April 12 and Centennial Gala on April 26.

More information on all the Pitt Meadows Centennial events and projects is available on the City's website at pittmeadows.bc.ca or on the Facebook page at facebook.com/pittmeadows, or by emailing 100years@pittmeadows.bc.ca. For information on the Guinness Record Food Drive, contact Gwen O'Connell at The Wesbrooke at 604-460-7006.

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