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Rich man poor man dinner

February 2, 2016 — 

Food security issues and refugee settlement are coming together for this year’s 5th annual student-organized Rich Man Poor Man Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

Hosted by the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association, the Rich Man Poor Man dinner raises money for local charitable organizations while also raising awareness about food security, access to housing and social accountability.

The dinner is designed for guests to experience how much of the world eats: One out of every eight guests receives a “rich man meal” consisting of three courses and wine, while the other seven at the table receive the “poor man meal”, a simple rice and bean dish without wine – a meal typically eaten by 90 per cent of the world’s population.

Proceeds from this year’s dinner will support Hospitality House Refugee Ministry, a local organization that helps refugees integrate into Canadian life. Karen Gordon, Executive Director of Settlement for Hospitality House, is slated to speak at the event on the challenges refugees face and the organization’s program to help them settle into Winnipeg.

For Ruth Habte, a first-year medical student and one of the event organizers, Hospitality House is a natural fit with the goals of the Rich Man Poor Man dinner.

“I think the cause really speaks for itself,” Habte says. “Hospitality House works tirelessly to not only bring refugees from countries that are quite war-torn or have other issues but really integrating them into the community and ensuring that they’re successful once they arrive.”

Tickets can be purchased at 260 Brodie Centre or at the Answers information kiosk in the Brodie Centre Atrium. Tickets are $25 for students and $50 for the public.

What: Rich Man Poor Man Dinner
When: Wednesday, Feb. 3. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Atrium, Brodie Centre, Bannatyne Campus, 727 McDermot Avenue, University of Manitoba

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