A drive thru pancake breakfast in support of the Capella Centre is planned for Remembrance Day morning in St. Paul.
The breakfast is being put on by the St. Paul Ag Society as part of Family Violence Awareness Month, which takes place throughout November each year.
“As an AG Society, that’s what we’re here for. We’re in the community to help. Sitting around for as long as we have been, we haven’t done anything,” said Doug Drolet, the president of the St. Paul Ag Society.
“Our rodeo was cancelled, a bunch of events were canceled. And we always like to do something for the community. So that’s exactly what we’re doing,”
Pancakes and sausages will be cooked in the kitchen of the Ag Corral and served drive thru style from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Ag Society and staff from the Capella Centre will be collecting donations to support the emergency shelter, programs, and second-stage apartment units run by the Capella Centre which works with women and children experiencing domestic violence.
Drolet said they’ve already been well supported by the business community in St. Paul.
Smitty’s Family Restaurant is providing the pancake batter, Cornerstone Co-op is donating the sausages, and Tim Horton’s is providing the coffee. Volunteers from the Ag Society will cook and distribute the pancakes.
“We’ll also have our rodeo raffle happening as well. We got it rolled over another year since the rodeo was cancelled, so we’ll be incorporating that into this event as well,” said Drolet.
The raffle is for a $20,000 cash prize. Tickets are $20 and the winner will be drawn at the next Lakeland Rodeo Association Finals in September 2021.
Asked how the Ag Society is able to do the fundraising breakfast in light of COVID-19, Drolet said they are making sure they follow all Alberta Health guidelines.
“Everybody’s wearing masks and gloves, doing the right thing because as a society, we certainly don’t want to trigger something,” said Drolet.