Full stom­achs with Empty Bowls

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to the Record

Ev­ery year, Cham­plain Col­lege and Bishop’s Univer­sity part­ner up for the Empty Bowls/bowl du Partage Project, a cam­paign em­braced by many com­mu­ni­ties to put an end to hunger in the re­gion. Held on Nov. 10, 2018 at Hope Com­mu­nity Church, the suc­cess­ful sixth edi­tion raised over $6,000 for lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Len­noxville District’s Women Cen­ter Food Bank, the Cor­ner­stone Food Bank, the Len­noxville El­e­men­tary School Break­fast Pro­gram, and the BU/CRC Pas­toral Funds, which pro­vides food vouch­ers for Bishop’s Univer­sity and Cham­plain Col­lege stu­dents in need.

Par­tic­i­pants were in­vited to an early af­ter­noon lunch and some live mu­sic by lo­cal mu­si­cians. The $25 ticket pro­vided at­ten­dees with a hand­crafted bowl and un­lim­ited soup and bread. Lo­cal chef and caterer Billy Lid­stone made dif­fer­ent soups to please all tastes: zuc­chini and roasted gar­lic, potato and leak, and but­ter­nut squash and gin­ger were on the menu. The bread was do­nated by Les Vraies Richesses bak­ery. All in­gre­di­ents were pro­vided by Sodexo, the Bishop’s on-cam­pus cater­ing com­pany, and Provigo Robert La­fond.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble how much the com­mu­nity sup­ports each other,” ex­claimed Lucy Do­heny, Aca­demic Ad­vi­sor at Cham­plain Col­lege and pro­fes­sional pot­ter. Do­heny made over 250 bowls for the event. “I have been a pot­ter for 40 years, so in the end, the bowls are just bowls. What makes it worth­while is the great in­volve­ment we get from our com­mu­nity.” In fact, Bishop’s and Cham­plain stu­dents and staff vol­un­teered to put up posters and help at the event.

Some at­ten­dees chose to buy two bowls rather than one. The few bowls left af­ter the event were sub­se­quently sold to stu­dents on cam­pus. Ev­ery dish is unique and was made on Do­heny’s free-time, on evenings and week­ends. “There’s a tremen­dous free­dom in mak­ing the bowls for the Empty Bowls cam­paign. I get to make any bow that I want, and I get to ex­per­i­ment. The longest process is def­i­nitely the dec­o­ra­tion – I used sev­eral dif­fer­ent pat­terns, colours, and glazes,” Do­heny ex­plained. “I ac­tu­ally fin­ished my last bunch of bowls the day be­fore the event,” she chuck­led.

In the fol­low­ing years, Do­heny hopes to be able to rally potters from the Eastern Town­ships to con­trib­ute to the Empty Bowls Pro­gram. “The more bowls we have, the more money we can raise. A col­league of mine helped make 20 bowls but imag­ine what we could do with more help!” she added. She ap­plauded all the fab­u­lous vol­un­teers’ help, with­out which Empty Bowls could not hap­pen.

MATTHEW MCCULLY

“It’s in­cred­i­ble how much the com­mu­nity sup­ports each other,” ex­claimed Lucy Do­heny

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