As a advocate for people with disabilities and people living in poverty I am very frustrated with Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie in their decision to hold Rotaryfest/Ribfest as drive in/drive thru event. this format excludes many in Sault Ste. Marie from taking in this normally amazing event.
Many residents with disabilities live in poverty and many also can not afford or have access to a vehicle. With the pandemic we have suffered greatly some businesses with curb side pick up did not provide alternative ways for those of us without vehicles to pick up essential items.
Ribfest has always been walk up and take out service and is viable option within social distancing protocols this pandemic has brought on. Not offering this option is not community minded and is a slap in the face to those that suffered the most. Rotary club should be ashamed of themselves to throw inclusivity out the window for the sake of putting on a event that does not include everyone.
The Rotary Club being a great supporter of people especially children with disabilities should know better! Many of us can only afford a treat such as this couple times a year and often we plan ahead for this and in this case it wasn’t the pandemic that took this away from us it was lack of thinking by organizers to amend the festival to be inclusive to all residents.
I pray there’s still time to come up with a solution but with only a week left i believe rotary owes much of Sault Ste. Marie a apology and much better ideas in future if they can not hold a event that includes all walks of life in this community they should not be holding any events period