Sept. 25, 2008
HOPEWELL CAPE (CNB) - The Hopewell Rocks tidal exploration site will host its annual Albert County Appreciation Day on Sunday, Sept. 28, in support of the local Shepody Food Bank.
The event is an opportunity for visitors to experience the Bay of Fundy tidal phenomenon and help the food bank with donations of non-perishable food items or cash. In exchange, the Hopewell Rocks will waive its admission fee.
"This is our fifth year partnering with the food bank," said Noël Hamann, Hopewell Rocks property manager. "We see this as a great opportunity to give back to the community where we live and work."
The Hopewell Rocks is a New Brunswick icon and top attraction that features the world's highest tides. Within about six hours visitors can witness a 12.8-metre (42-foot) change in tide height. Each year, about 150,000 visitors travel from across Canada and around the world to see this transformation, as twice daily the bay is flooded by 100 billion tonnes of water, creating huge, flowerpot-shaped rock formations.
"The Shepody Food Bank provides a needed service to local area people, from Albert Mines to Alma," said Lisa Parsons, a representative of the food bank. "In 2007, with the help of volunteers, the food bank put out 19,398 meals to local families and individuals. The volunteers contributed 1,703 hours to this service. With community support and the generosity of the wellness centre for the space, we hope to continue to be a source of aid for those in need."
The Hopewell Rocks is committed to keeping the site informative, pleasant and safe to visit. It is open until Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 13.
More information on the Hopewell Rocks may be found on its website. For more information about the Shepody Food Bank, write to the Shepody Assistance Center, 151 Water St., Riverside-Albert, N.B., E4H 4A1, or telephone 506-882-2228.
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