MCC Photo/Lucas Klassen

Thousands of people attended the Festival for World Relief in Abbotsford to eat delicious Mennonite food, participate in the auctions, and support uprooted and vulnerable people around the world.

MCC BC’s annual Festival for World Relief this fall has raised more than $685,000 to help uprooted and vulnerable people around the world. This major fundraising event drew 1200 volunteers, some from as far as Kelowna and Rock Creek, to help with auctions, food preparation, and more. The sale also involved 125 cyclists, who raised over $130,000 for a food project for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Through multiple levels of fund matching, the amount raised has added up to over $1.1 million for the food project.

The BC Festival for World Relief was held on September 18 and 19 in Abbotsford. At least 20,000 people crowded into the Tradex building to enjoy traditional Mennonite foods, to purchase crafts, including quilts, and bid on a wide variety of donated items. Some went to the sale simply to donate to the relief efforts of the MCC. Contributions at the donation booth alone totalled $62,000.

The annual auction of donated items ranged from power tools to BC Lions tickets and golf packages. The auction on Saturday morning began with a ceremonial loaf of MCC bread, which a number of donors combined to support, to a total of $157,000 for MCC assistance projects.

The annual Mennonite Fall Fair is held in Prince George, and was well-attended with great community support! Crowds rushed the garage sale, enjoyed good food, live music, and bought items from Ten Thousand Villages, as well as many other crafts, books, used clothing, and items at the Silent Auction. 

MCC works in over 60 countries around the world, working with local partners to provide relief, development, and peace for communities in need.