How much in groceries could you pull of the shelves in three minutes?
Connie Anguttitauruq found out for herself on Sept. 28 after winning a draw by the Lloydminster and Area Brain Injury Society (LABIS), which allowed her to run through the aisles at Sobeys as she loaded as many items as could into her cart as she could within the allotted amount of time.
“It’s exhausting. Three minutes takes a lot,” said Anguttitauruq, who ended up with $1,117 worth of goods when her time was up.
LABIS sells tickets for the event each summer for $5 at Sobeys, this year marking the fifth anniversary, and winners of the raffle are allowed up to grab up to $1,000 worth of items. The event also works as a fundraiser for LABIS and they say it’s been successful because everyone needs food, so tickets are easy to sell. There is also an aspect of fun, which executive director Geraldine Olynyk says contributes to the event’s appeal.
“It’s exciting to run around and grab a bunch of free stuff,” she said. “We make the draw and that’s usually two weeks before it happens, so they have a chance to come and case the place out and decide where exactly they want to go and what products they want.”
Anguttitauruq says her strategy mostly involved heading for the meat department, then picking up some items for her kids. She estimates the food from her shopping spree will last her two or three months and she plans on supporting the cause by buying a ticket next year as well.
“I’ll keep supporting,” she said. “I think it is important. I like to donate to the brain injury society because it is for a good cause.”