AROUND TOWN: Eating Together launchA professional football player, firefighters and politicians all came together to share a meal at Thompson Community Centre last Sunday at the kickoff breakfast for Touchstone Family Association’s first annual Eating Together campaign.
More than 200 people enjoyed a pancake breakfast prepared by Richmond Fire-Rescue as part of an initiative to encourage families to eat together.
“The whole purpose of this is building awareness,” said Georgina Patko, Touchstone’s director of fund development and community relations.
B.C. Lion Angus Reid, who grew up in Richmond in a family of six kids, gave a speech about his experiences eating at least one meal every day with his family.
“We were a real family,” he said. Even though they have all grown up, those who live in town still get together for Sunday dinner. Eating together helped them become close and has helped them stay close, Reid said. MP Alice Wong also attended, as did Mayor Malcolm Brodie who officially declared Family Day in Richmond. There have been events held all over the city this week celebrating the Eating Together campaign. Dave Eto at Premium Brands supplied the food for many of the events including the pancake breakfast.