A Redwater fundraiser for the food bank is back as strong as ever.
Early in June, around 185 riders took part in the 12th Redwater Ride for Hunger event. This was the first time the event had been hosted in six years.
Between the ride, various fundraisers, markets and food, the event raised nearly $10,000 and 300 lb of food.
"I figured if we were to raise $3,000 to $4,000, we would be doing really well. It just blew us out of the water," said Mechtild Brennen, chairperson for the Redwater Fellowship of Churches Food Bank.
The fundraiser originally stopped due to participants moving away and others feeling the need for a break. Last year, the Redwater and District Chamber of Commerce asked if there was an interest in starting it up again.
"It was a really nice atmosphere," added Brennen. "We had amazing support from the town — from people in town and organizations like the Lions Club and the Redwater and District Chamber of Commerce."
Thanks to the help from sponsors, volunteers and donations, the food bank didn't need to tap into their own funds to host the event.
Money raised will go towards food hampers.
The organizers hope to do the ride again on June 7, 2020.