Chuckwagon Drivers Race Against Hunger

Donations stack up outside the IGA for the second annual Race Against Hunger

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) and Encana Corporation together raised 925 pounds of non-perishable food and almost $3,400 in cash donations during the second annual Race Against Hunger at the Ponoka Stampede June 28 to July 3. As part of the total donations from the Race Against Hunger Program, Encana matched cash dollar-for-dollar and provided $2 for every pound of food collected during the Stampede.

After events in Grande Prairie, Drumheller and Ponoka the Race Against Hunger has raised over $27,000 in cash donations and almost five tonnes of non-perishable food.

“There was a strong show of support from the Ponoka community, an indication of the support and growing awareness for this year-round need in this community,” says Mike Forgo, Vice- President, Business Services & Stakeholder Relations for Encana. “We want to thank the WPCA and all of the folks who made these donations. Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. But thanks to the support of this community, our Race Against Hunger program will go a long way in stocking local food banks this summer.”

Vying for bragging rights and the title of Food Driver of the Year, WPCA drivers also got in on the program action at a day-long event at Hamilton’s IGA, bagging food for customers and helping to sell food hampers for $10 or $15 dollars each. Encana will crown the driver who raises the most donations later this summer.

Mark Sutherland remains in first place, but hot on this heels is Dave Galloway followed by Rick Fraser, Darcy Flad and Layne McGillivray. “The guys had a good time at Hamilton’s IGA – folks know how competitive they are on the track, but everyone needs to see the sparks fly in the checkout line!” says a good spirited Meghan McIvor, Marketing Manager for the WPCA.

“We want to thank everyone who made a donation in Ponoka, and remind folks that Encana’s natural gas truckwagon will be in Strathmore at the Strathmore Heritage Days for the next Race Against Hunger tour stop,” says Meghan McIvor, Marketing Manager for the WPCA. “We’re looking forward to more great results to help reduce hunger in the communities where we race.

The Race Against Hunger program takes place in select Dodge Pro Tour stops including the Alberta communities of Grande Prairie, Drumheller, Ponoka, Strathmore and Dawson Creek B.C.

In 2010, the program raised $25,000 and more than 3,800 pounds of food for local food banks.

Watch for the arrival of the “Food Drivers” in your community! The WPCA driver’s have been challenged by Encana to engage their fans, friends and sponsors to raise the most food and cash in support of the Race Against Hunger. The most successful driver will receive a matching donation for his efforts up to $10,000 from Encana to the food bank of his choice, a $1000 prize and a commemorative silver belt buckle but the sweetest reward will be the bragging rights!

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