GIVING BACK - The Central Alberta Buccaneers held their eighth annual Bucs Day to Tackle Hunger last Saturday in Lacombe. They were able to donate more than 2

Bucs donate more than 2,000 lbs. of food to the food bank

The eighth annual 'Buc's Day to Tackle Hunger' was held this past weekend

  • Thu May 18th, 2017 6:00am
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BY EXPRESS STAFF

The Central Alberta Buccaneers have donated 2,204 lbs. of non-perishable items to the Lacombe Food Bank after the eighth annual ‘Buc’s Day to Tackle Hunger’ was held last weekend.

The event saw members of the Bucs going door-to-door in Lacombe last Saturday.

“We’re super pumped to do this because it’s our eighth annual,” said Todd Lewis, director of community events. “It’s a pretty cool community event the team tries to keep doing.”

The food gathered on Saturday is donated to the Lacombe Food Bank.

“We are the Central Alberta Buccaneers which means we pull players from Lacombe, Red Deer, Rimbey, Stettler all over the place. Our home field is in Lacombe so we do feel that this is right in Central Alberta, so we strive to give back to the community and it’s a pretty cool opportunity to give back to a town that has been so welcoming to us,” said Lewis. “It’s a big part of why we are able to continue playing the sport that we love and are passionate about.”

Lewis said about half the football team came out to support the cause last weekend.

“It’s pretty good considering most of the guys are married, have families and have careers. Twenty-five guys approximately and we pulled in a lot of food.”

He added giving back to the community is part of what it means to be a Buccaneer.

“Playing football is fun and hanging out with the guys is a complete blast, but being able to give back to the community is a big part of the team and I’m sure I speak for everyone else in our club when I say being able to give back and make a positive splash is something that is pretty cool.”

The first game of the season for the Central Alberta Buccaneers gets underway June 3rd at ME Global Park.