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(Canstruction/submitted)

The fourth annual Canstruction Victoria showcase of colossal structures made completely out of nonperishable food items and brought about big donation results.

The 2017 theme of, ‘You Are What You Eat’, portrayed creative interpretations of hunger, gluttony, and the ever-so-vast food chain.

Hosted at Hillside Shopping Centre by The Dahlia Society from June 2-12, the event raised funds for The Mustard Seed.

Canstruction organizers were “blown away” by the success of this year’s event. The large volume of donations will help The Mustard Seed through their busy summer season when food needs are high and donations are typically low.

Over $100,000 Raised

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(Canstruction/submitted)

The 2017 event saw a total of 37,284 cans donated. That equates to 48,503 lbs of food.

Cash donations at the event also exceeded $2400, raising a total value of $123,665.35
between cash and can donations.

“This was our fourth year and first time we have raised over 100,000 dollars in value,
which our team is super excited about,” said Christopher Mavrikos, founder and
executive director of The Dahlia Society. “We believe Victoria truly understands how big of

“We believe Victoria truly understands how big of an impact Canstruction® Victoria has on The Mustard Seed and community engagement this year was paramount in our success.”

In forty days over four years, Canstruction Victoria events have collected over 134,000 cans. Added to financial donations, that all equals approximately $387,140 worth of product and funds for The Mustard Seed.

Largest Annual Donation Event

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(Canstruction/submitted)

“[Canstruction] is the single largest annual canned food donation we see,” said Allan Lingwood, past executive director of The Mustard Seed. “We are very grateful to The Dahlia Society and all Canstruction teams, sponsors and supporters for their efforts to give back to our local community.”

“We are very grateful to The Dahlia Society and all Canstruction teams, sponsors and supporters for their efforts to give back to our local community.”

The ten teams involved in the 2017 event included St. Michael’s University School,
Knappet Projects Inc., Sysco Victoria, Seafirst Insurance, two Fairway Markets teams,
Low Hammond Rowe Architects, Kinetic Construction Ltd., Farmer Construction Ltd.,
and Christine Lintott Architecture.

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