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Vandals attack ‘Bannock-mobile’

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Vandals may have had the fun of smashing Althea Guiboche’s van and spray painting it with profanity, but the North End resident says it won’t slow down her work feeding the homeless and hungry.

Guiboche said she woke up to find the van damaged Saturday morning, a couple of days after The Times spent time watching Guiboche work with the community at the corner of Dufferin and Main.

Because Guiboche had a house guest on Friday night, she said she parked her van on a side street near her home so visitors could use her driveway.

"It’s probably random, people trying to, I don’t know. I don’t want to speculate or blame anyone," Guiboche said Monday morning.

Guiboche isn’t sure if the damage is enough for MPI to write off her van, or if it will stop her from handing out bannock and soup this week, though she’s still planning to.

Guiboche currently bakes her bannock with the Family Food Group at the St. Matthews Anglican Church in the West End, but said Monday she was planning to meet this week with Winnipeg Centre Vineyard Church at 782 Main St. about moving her operations.

"They’re open to me coming there to operate and putting something on the street," she said.
Friends are also rallying to host an upcoming benefit concert, she added, which will feature aboriginal comedian Ryan McMahon. Michael Champagne and his Aboriginal Youth Opportunities group have also stepped up to help fundraise.

"A lot of people are stepping up to say they’ll be a part of the effort to raise money for a new Bannock-mobile," Guiboche laughed.

For more, email Guiboche at althea2010@live.ca

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