Foodgrains auction looking to draw larger crowd

Ponoka Foodgrains is continuing with its mission to rid the world of hunger and starvation.

Ponoka Foodgrains is continuing with its mission to rid the world of hunger and starvation.

On April 22, the annual cattle sale and auction is taking place a VJV Auction Mart in Ponoka. Spokesperson Larry Henderson says this year the sale has expanded and will be bigger than any held in the past. “This year we’re changing it up. We’re looking at having tickets on things like games for people to bid on if they aren’t farmers.”

Henderson also mentioned golf tickets and airline tickets could be part of the non-cattle aspect of the auction. He also said if there are any businesses willing to donate items in the hope of raising money against hunger, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank would welcome them.

Another change to the event is the free lunch being offered at noon before the sale begins.

In the previous 12 auctions more than $770,000 has been raised for the hunger relief organization.

Yet, despite the efforts of Ponoka Foodgrains and other projects across the country, 870 million people worldwide are tormented by hunger each year. However, it isn’t a hopeless cause; in the last 20 years, according to the United.Nations, the prevalence of world hunger has dropped from 23 per cent to 15 per cent.