Rotary golf contest raises $20,000 for Starfish Pack program

Funds will go towards providing food to another 38 kids in Abbotsford

Members of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford recently presented a cheque of almost $20

Members of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford recently presented a cheque of almost $20

The Rotary Club of Abbotsford has announced that the recent Rotary Million Dollar Hole in One event raised almost $20,000 for the Starfish Pack program and the Abbotsford Food Bank.

Rotary president Sara Lawson said the funds will go toward feeding another 38 children in the community.

The Starfish Pack program provides backpacks filled with food to go home with kids each weekend, when school breakfast and lunch programs aren’t available.

The program was started by the Rotary Club of Abbotsford in partnership with the food bank.

“Feeding  hungry children and their families is important. We know this directly improves students’ academic success. We can’t do it without our community support and, for that, we extend our appreciation,” Lawson said.

Food bank director Dave Murray thanked the Rotary Club for their generosity.

“This amazing donation will feed a significant number of children and their families for the entire school year. Not only will it feed children, it brings hope and opportunity for these children to succeed at a much higher level in school,” he said.

Starfish Pack program in Abbotsford is in year three with more than 250 students in 24 schools being served.

The interest in the program has expanded across the Valley and into other areas of the province and into Washington State/

Visit starfishpack.com for more information.