Mary Bueche And Pack 326
Each year, local architects, designers and engineers gather for a different kind of construction project Canstruction. At the annual Canstruction event, now in its sixth year, teams compete to build the best sculpture made entirely from cans of food, which is later donated to Hawaii Foodbank. The event takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pearlridge Center. Members of the public can participate by bringing canned food donations the winning piece is determined by which piece receives the most donations. Presented by the American Institute of Architects, Canstruction is the biggest single fundraiser for Hawaii Foodbank.
Pearl City resident Mary Bueche, an architect with Group 70, has been participating in Canstruction with the firm for the past few years. Bueche has two sons in Boy Scouts, and four years ago she got the troop involved. They deconstructed the sculptures and sent the cans off to the food bank.
Bueche, who is the den leader of her son’s Pack 326 Cub troop, is working to expand the Scouts’ involvement in the event. “Last year, with the recession hitting Hawaii really hard, we decided with the Aloha Council and Canstruction to introduce Scouting for Food,” Bueche says. With Scouting for Food, Boy Scouts will collect canned food to be donated to Hawaii Foodbank. The Scouts will present their collections to the Foodbank Oct. 1, and those who collect 100 cans will receive a patch from the Foodbank.
Bueche, who is the volunteer chairwoman for Scouting for Food, says she got involved with the program because she felt compelled to help alleviate hunger. “One can at a time can make a difference and help prevent people in the community from going hungry,” she says, adding that the Scouts are getting an educational component to their actions during the program. “We let them know that not everybody is able to provide for their families as they would like to, and that the Hawaii Foodbank provides sustenance for the community. They also learn about the number of families that are in need throughout the state ... I think it’s a soft spot for me because I am working with the children, and there are so many children in need. And it’s as simple as one can.”
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