Starfish Medical representatives pose with their award for being the greatest overall contributor in the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge at the Very Orange Christmas plaque presentation event last week. (Photo submitted)

Greater Victoria tech community raises $72,000 for local food bank

VIATEC fundraiser for Mustard Seed in its 15th year

Victoria tech companies have come together again this holiday season to give to a local food bank.

VIATEC’s Food Bank Challenge, now in its 15th year, raised a total of $72,000. That included more than $53,000 in cash donations and 1,733 lbs. of food, worth an estimated $4,900. The CEOs’ Steppin’ Up stair climb fundraiser brought in another nearly $14,000.

“It is our honour to continue to play a role in encouraging and directing the generous members of our community,” said VIATEC CEO Dan Gunn in a release.

“All the credit goes to our members and donors. They’ve been digging deep, having fun and making a difference as part of the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge for over a decade and we look forward to aiding them for many more decades to come.”

Since its inception, the challenge has raised more than $2.2 million worth of food and cash donations for the Mustard Seed.

lauren.boothby@vicnews.com

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Santa makes the rounds at a VIATEC’s Very Orange Christmas charity fundraiser event last week. (Photo submitted)

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