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While mayoral incumbent Brian Bowman, Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry councillor candidate Sherri Rollins and opening Portage and Main got the most votes in a recent pre-election poll, Winnipeg Harvest was the real winner.
Maxwell Oliver, 8, and his siblings Victoria and William stopped by the food bank on Oct. 2 to donate the results of their Cast-A-Can charity poll.
The Olivers collected 873 pounds of canned goods by asking Winnipeggers vote via donation for their preferred mayoral and city councillor candidate and whether or not Portage and Main should be opened. The informal voting station was set up on the front lawn of the family’s Riverview home for the last three weeks.
"We collected them only once a week… and then at the end we counted a big count of all the cans," Maxwell said, adding that the final count was 1,033 cans. "I’m feeling good."
Bowman won in the mayoral category with 88 cans and Tim Diack came in second with 77; Rollins was the top ward councillor candidate with 304 cans and Jeff Palmer landed in second with 222 cans; and 91 people voted to open Portage and Main while 42 voted to keep it closed.
Maxwell says he was surprised by the amount of donations they received and by the results of the poll.
"The councillor got way more stuff than the mayor."
This is the third time the Oliver family has run an election poll and the second time they have collected donations for Harvest. During the 2015 federal election they donated 305 pounds to the food bank.
"This is such a great donation coming in just before the holiday weekend, so it will help with our Thanksgiving hampers and other family’s needs at this time of the year," said Colleen McVarish, Harvest’s assistant director of development and communications.
Maxwell is part of the food bank’s Kids Who Care program, which encourages young people to collect cans at their schools, birthday parties and other events. McVarish says Maxwell’s donation drive is one of the most engaged events Harvest has seen.
"We’re just so excited about the philanthropic-ness of an eight-year-old and his idea and his plan and how they help families in Winnipeg and Manitoba."
Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.
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