LAMPMAN - Once a month the Harvest Café in Lampman holds a special supper, but January was a little different.
Over the past months, the meal was targeted towards adults, so the idea of building a burger came up, allowing customers to add an array of toppings. There is a smaller burger for the kids and a regular burger for the adults.
They thought it would be fun to have a burger building in the restaurant, but then the mega burger idea came into play.
The one-pound Mega Harvest Burger would become a contest and a fundraiser which was held on Jan. 20 at the café.
It cost $25 to register with some of the proceeds going towards the fundraiser. That money would be donated to Kyla Dyer, a 15 year old who has been diagnosed with a rare illness, aplastic anemia. It is a rare and serious condition that can develop at any age, and Dyer has a severe case. She is waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
She is known in the Lampman area, as her father David Dyer was born and raised in Lampman. Kyla Dyer lives with her mother Amy.
The contestants had 60 seconds to finish the big burger and fries, with a portion of the entry fee going towards the fundraiser.
None of the contestants would finish the mega burger. The winner was determined by who had eaten the most, which was Jayden Dayman. He received his registration fee back, but in return he donated it to the cause.
Throughout the evening, $166 was raised for the Dyer family. The Harvest Café matched the amount and rounded the number up, to make it an even $400.
A benefit dance and online auction is slated for Feb. 11 at the Glen Ewen Communiplex to help raise funds for the Dyer family. A trust account is also set up for the family at the Oxbow Credit Union.
The Harvest Café also provides a monthly discounted hot lunch for the kids at the Lampman School. For each order placed, the café donates $1 back to the school to help support locals.