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Sara Jennings — changing the world, one act at a time



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So are you listening out there? This could totally change the direction of a kid's life. "I know I could be a good mum," she says. "Even though I'm single — even though there's no man on the horizon — I know I can do this. I just have to trust that it will happen some day."

Amazing... I'm almost two-thirds through my column space already and I've yet to address Sara's life path. And in her case, it's the kind of journey that defies the imagination. But before I get to her actual story, there's another issue I need to bring up. And it concerns a fundraiser she's putting on at the Food Bank next week.

I first heard about it from local TV producer Nicole Fitzgerald. "The Food Bank has this big event coming up on May 8," she told me. "It was Sara's idea and she needs everyone's help to make it work. You know, it would be great if you could mention it in Alta States..." Typical Sara, I thought. And then: how can I refuse?

Here's a paragraph I stole from the Whistler Community Social Services website:

Knocking Hunger Fundraiser - Volunteers are needed for the Whistler Food Bank's first annual Knocking Hunger Day on Tuesday, May 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in various neighbourhoods as part of Hunger Awareness Week.  Whistler's shoulder season is fast approaching, a time when many residents are laid off or work hours are reduced. And so the Whistler Food Bank is reaching out to the community, asking them to give their neighbours a hand – more specifically a knock.  Volunteer [will work] alongside RCMP, Firefighters and Rotary to canvas Whistler neighbourhoods, knocking on doors to invite residents to donate food items to a neighbourhood drop off site that will be open for the week of May 9 – 16. Volunteers will issue reusable bags and a much-needed food items list to various homes.  First and foremost, the event will help stock Whistler Food Bank shelves, but it will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness about the food bank and the growing need for this service.

As for the event's raison d'etre, says Sara, it's pretty simple: "Basically, we're always brainstorming for ways to raise funds, food, and awareness for the Food Bank." Another burst of nervous laughter. "It never ends," she admits. "We never have enough..."

As for the door-to-door component of the food drive, she explains: "It's worked in other communities. And it's been particularly effective in raising people's consciousness to the issue of hunger in their own backyard. So why not try it here?"