February 23, 2019
Columbus Sunrise Rotary participates in Columbus, Indiana CANstruction
CANstruction is an international design and engineering competition in which teams build large structures completely out of canned food. After the competition, the cans used for building and those used by the public for voting for their favorite design are donated to local food banks.
Locally, since the local CANstruction began more than 10 years ago, over a quarter of a million cans of food have been donated to area food banks. This year’s goal was 50,000 cans. Columbus Sunrise Rotary’s design this year utilized 3,800 cans. The Club’s theme was “Making Hunger a Thing of the Past” with the design featuring a rotary phone, polaroid camera and phonograph. In describing the structure and the intent of the design we wrote: “Recognize these items? Once a staple in every American household 25 years ago, these items are now pretty much obsolete. Columbus Sunrise Rotary members want to make hunger in our community a thing of the past. Currently 11.5% of adults and 16% of children in Bartholomew County struggle with food insecurity. Through our CANstruction efforts we hope that hunger and food insecurity become obsolete and kids can one day ask their parents What is that?”
Bob Schwartzkopf, Columbus Sunrise Rotary member and architect, created and helped to design the structure. Member Debbie Duncan raised approximately $3,500 from local businesses for the purchase of cans for the structure and members spent 5 hours building it. Columbus Sunrise Rotary has participated in the local CAnstruction every year.