Firefighters prepare for battle

Friendly competition benefits Sidney Lions Food Bank

Len Gillespie

Let’s get ready to rumble.

In a friendly food fight the three Peninsula fire departments will be out and about on Dec. 17 collecting cash and non-perishable food items for the Sidney Lions Food Bank.

“I don’t think it really matters,” said Central Saanich firefighter Len Gillespie, gesturing to the tiered food tins shaped into a cup-like trophy. “It’s about getting a ton of food.”

The three fire departments often fail to measure the amount of food each collected.

“It’s just a friendly competition where we can get the three departments involved to fill the food bank for the Peninsula,” said Jeff Tomlin of Sidney fire.

Central Saanich fire is set to roll from 1 to 4 p.m. Routes are online at www.centralsaanich.ca and the hall at 1903 Mount Newton X Rd. will be open for donation drop off as well.

Later that day, Sidney fire will head out on its fourth annual food drive from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations can also be dropped off at the fire hall, 9837 Third St. that night or until Dec. 23, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

North Saanich fire leaves Kelset elementary at 1:30 p.m. to move through Dean Park.

“Usually they hear us coming because we have the Christmas music playing. We invade Dean Park for about two hours,” said Brian Thomas of North Saanich fire. Dean Park residents who wish to donate but won’t be home can leave a bag with a note saying it’s for the food drive.

The fire hall at the intersection of Wain and West Saanich roads accepts donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Food bank donations can also be dropped at 9586 Fifth St.

reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

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