The 2013 Olde Tyme Harvest may be over, but support for Canadian Foodgrains Bank keeps coming in.
At the wrap-up for the event, a total of $18,000 was added to the total of $125,000 raised last year at the event in Langenburg, Sask.
“We’re pleased to be able to add to what we raised last August,” says organizer Warren Kaeding. “It’s a great ending to a great experience.”
During the event, held August 24, 2013, a new world record was set with 41 antique threshing machines operating at the same time. A crowd of over 5,000 people came to watch the setting of the new record, and to raise funds for the Foodgrains Bank.
The event was made possible through the efforts of over 400 volunteers, together with the support from 118 corporate, community, church and individual sponsors.
The $143,000 raised at the Olde Tyme Harvest is being used by the Foodgrains Bank in its food assistance programs in the developing world.
Once given to the Foodgrains Bank, the funds were used for food security or emergency feeding programs, depending on where they were needed most. The Government of Canada matches funds used by the Foodgrains Bank two-to-one for food security programs, and four-to-one for emergency feeding programs.
“We continue to be grateful to everyone who made the Olde Tyme Harvest a success,” says John Longhurst, who directs Resources and Public Engagement for the Foodgrains Bank. “Because of their hard work, thousands of people have food to eat and the hope for better lives.”