Jan 02, 2016, 7:26 PM
Bidding on Beach flags helps Daily Bread Food Bank
Beach Mirror, Dec. 30
by Joanna Lavoie
Fifth annual fundraiser wraps up for the season in early January
Less than ten days remain to place a bid or make a donation to a unique Advent-inspired community art installation in the Beach neighbourhood.
The fifth annual edition of DailyFlag for DailyBread (DF4DB), which is put on by the residents of Leuty and Violet avenues to raise money for the Daily Bread Food Bank’s Holiday Drive, kicked off for the season Dec. 1.
The campaign sees 25 homeowners from Leuty and Violet avenues design and create colourful flags unveiled daily throughout December to be auctioned off to the highest online bidder. The 2015 run concludes Saturday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.
As of Tuesday, Dec. 28, afternoon, the bids on the flags had reached $3,696 combined with $12,727 in direct donations/business sponsorship for a total of $16,423, which is $10,527 short of this year’s fundraising target of $27,000. Last year, just over $26,000 was raised.
One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the campaign are directed to the food bank. Donations over $10 will receive a charitable tax receipt.
Non-perishable food donations are also part of the initiative. To date, nearly 2,000 pounds have been donated to Fire Hall 227 at 1904 Queen St. E. and Waverly Road Baptist Church, 129 Waverly Rd.
DailyFlag for DailyBread organizer Michelynn Laflèche said some “crazy elaborate” works of art are up for grabs this time around.
“We’ve got multi-dimensional, multi-media pieces and even a few wood flags this year,” said the Leuty Avenue resident who co-founded the Beach edition of DF4DB with her partner Benedict Hilliard in 2011.
“I think we can safely say all of the flag makers have really upped the ante. (The flags) are works of art that could be hung outside or even framed for inside.”
This year’s offerings also include a laser-cut steel plate piece as well as stained glass and a flag crafted by wood burning and another etched number.
“All of the creators spent several weeks or even months conceptualizing and creating their piece,” she added.
“These weren’t Saturday afternoon craft activities. People really put in a huge effort and every year it gets more elaborate, which helps us raise more for the Daily Bread Food Bank.”
Laflèche noted all of the flags are accompanied by moving messages of hope, compassion, and sharing to raise awareness about the importance of supporting food banks, helping out in your community, and giving back.