Aidan Metz, left, Jean Kloppenburg and Daniel Hall, student council president, art teacher and student council vice-president, respectively, at Nanaimo District Secondary School, are preparing for the Empty Bowl Soup Night on Thursday, Dec. 5, benefiting Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

NDSS students give back to community with Empty Bowl fundraiser

Dinner goes Thursday, Dec. 5 at NDSS; participants get a meal and keepsake bowl

Nanaimo students are hoping people will chow down on chowder at a fundraising dinner in an effort to curb hunger and poverty.

Empty Bowl Soup Night is set for Thursday, Dec. 5 at Nanaimo District Secondary School, where admission will provide attendees with a bowl of soup and a handcrafted keepsake bowl. All proceeds will go to Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo.

Aidan Metz, NDSS student council president, says the fundraiser has been one that the school has put on for a number of years. A fundraising target of $5,000 has been set and Metz said the goal is to raise as much money as possible for Loaves and Fishes, as supporting the community is very important to student council.

“This dinner is raising money for homeless people and especially people in need, so it’s not necessarily only people that are homeless, but it’s also those who maybe don’t always have the income or the disposal money to buy themselves a good, nutritious dinner,” said Metz.

READ LETTER: Homelessness problem needs to be out in open

READ ALSO: City creates new homelessness task force

For Daniel Hall, NDSS student council vice-president, said lessons in school can be applied to the fundraiser.

”We do learn, obviously, about Canada’s homelessness crisis and it is important because it is the community we live in and it’s directly impacting us as members and as citizens of the city…” he said. “We’re taught to give back, as well, and as students, as young people, to take initiative is very important.”

Jean Kloppenburg, NDSS fine arts teacher, said putting on the event is beneficial to students, as they learn that it’s good to give back.

“I think with the hard work that they put into it, [there’s] a feeling that they get of being very proud of handing over a large cheque to Loaves and Fishes, through their efforts,” said Kloppenberg. “We combine it with the student council and the pottery program and they have to go through the whole process of doing fundraising. Everything from the concept to silent auction items, bringing in businesses, learning how to run an evening event that is fun and entertaining and people feel great about what they’re doing, so they learn a lot.”

A variety of soup will be served Dec. 5, including clam chowder, roast squash, vegetarian, Mexican tortilla soup, Italian wedding soup and even a peanut butter soup.

Unlike past years, businesses and corporations assisted with making the bowls this year, with 150 bowls made and thus 150 tickets available. As of last week, about 70 tickets had been sold.

Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults and can be purchased at the NDSS office during school hours. The high school’s phone number is 250-740-2000. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at NDSS.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Karl on Twitter and Instagram

Just Posted

‘We are all worried:’ Downtown hotel developers to meet with City of Nanaimo

PEG Developments say they’re pushing to break ground before Dec. 31 deadline

Police seek owner of ‘very old gold’ watch found in central Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP say women’s watch has phrase “Always with Love” engraved on it

Coats for Christmas organizes collection events at Maffeo Sutton Park

Youth-led charity drive takes place Friday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 8

Beefs & Bouquets, Dec. 5

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Nanaimo Clippers holding Teddy Bear Toss

BCHL team has pair of home games this weekend, including charity event Saturday, Dec. 7

VIDEO: Federal Liberals’ throne speech welcomes opposition’s ideas

Trudeau will need NDP or Bloc support to pass legislation and survive confidence votes

Coins can add up to a merrier Christmas for kids

News Bulletin’s Coins for Kids campaign now underway

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Vancouver Island college for checkup

Royal BC Museum, Camosun College and Coachwerks Restorations come together to care for car

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Oscar Hickes: Longest running hockey tournament on Vancouver Island cancelled

Patrick Murray, one of the organizers for the tournament, broke the sad news on social media.

Most Read