President Paul Varga of Penticton Rotary Club gets wheeled by Keith Johnson wheelbarrow raffle chair at the club’s regular meeting this week that included the kick off to the annual wheelbarrow raffle. Each year Rotarians buy a wheelbarrow full of food at local grocery stores that will be raffled off. Mark Brett/Western News

Rotary pushing for a good cause

Penticton Rotary kicked off its annual Wheelbarrow Raffle

Penticton Rotary kicked off its annual Wheelbarrow Raffle in support of the Penticton Food Bank and the Soupateria.

“We plan to increase our donations to the Soupateria and the food bank through increased ticket sales, wheelbarrow sponsorships, and reduced expenses,” said Wheelbarrow Raffle chair Keith Johnson.

Every year Rotarians buy a wheelbarrow full of food at each of the major local grocery stores – Save-On Foods, IGA Marketplace, Safeway, Superstore and Wal-Mart – and raffles each of the five wheelbarrows full of food off to the lucky ticket purchaser. Tickets are $2 or three for $5.

New this year will be off-site ticket sales, meaning if you know you are going to miss one of the ticket sellers at the two-day, in-store blitzes Dec. 1 and 2, you can get your raffle tickets directly from a Rotarian or at the Soupateria.

“We really have some incredible sponsorship from our local grocery retailers, who have given us discounted prices on the food and provided us space right in the doorway to sell the tickets,” said Penticton Rotary president Paul Varga.

The draws for all five prizes will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre near Save-On Foods.

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