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DFD Closes The Gap On RCMP


For the second year in a row, the Dauphin RCMP Detachment are champions of the Food Bank Challenge against the Dauphin Fire Department (DFD).

The challenge was to Cram the Cruiser and Pack the Pumper with as much food for the Dauphin and District Food Bank as possible with donations from the community, with the winner getting braggings rights.

Last year, the RCMP handily won the challenge, collecting 1,100-kg or 2,425-pounds of food, more than doubling DFD’s 500-kg or 1,102 pounds.

This year was much closer as DFD collected 710-kg or 1,565 pounds of food, as well as $750 in cash. But it wasn’t enough as the RCMP won the challenge yet again, this year collecting 740-kg or 1,631 pounds of food. They also collected $250 in cash.

Cst. Carly Schirmacher, one of the organizers of the challenge, said it was a collective effort by everyone at the detachment.

“I would say that it’s pretty much all the detachment that gets involved every year. Everyone wants to partake. People are volunteering their time. And I know our members go out and do what they can to help pick up any donations people want to provide,” she said. “It’s really a team effort.”

Schirmacher admitted there is some concern over DFD closing the gap so much from last year’s challenge.

“I’m not going to lie. I was slightly nervous. I was informed that it’s possible that the fire department was going to beat us this year. So it was good. It was a good competition again,” she said.

In admitting defeat once again, fire chief Cam Abrey noted DFD was just 30-kg short in winning this year’s competition.

“We want to thank everybody for all their donations, both in goods to fill the shelves, as well as the cash donations,” he said.

“It’s a fun event and creates a lot of friendly banter back and forth between the two agencies that work so closely together.”

Doug Zywina