FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Robbie Burns Dinner committee has altered the event to keep it running for its 54th consecutive year.

The Scottish dinner celebrating the late poet will be a drive-thru event this year.

Proceeds from the traditional supper will support the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Peace River North MLA Dan Davies says the committee laid out many options for the event, including a possible cancellation, but decided the event needed to go forth.

“People are looking for traditions they can hold on to. We’re in such turmoil right now. We felt it was important to, to carry on with this. ”

Davies believes the event is important during the long cold month of January every year so families have something to do while giving back to the community.

Last year, Davies estimates the event raised around $6,000 for the hospital.

“Every penny helps now under the present circumstances.”

Replacing the event’s live entertainment will be an hour-long program on 100.1 Moose FM, including poetry reads, while families enjoy their meals in their vehicles.

Davies adds the event is looking to also stream the program on social media for those bringing their meals home.

An auction will also be going live on the event’s Facebook page to raise more hospital funds. Davies said more information on the auction will roll out within the coming weeks.

All orders will include roast beef, potatoes, turnips, salad, dessert, and the traditional Scottish cuisine, haggis.

The dinner will take place at the Masonic Hall parking lot on January 23rd. The first pick up for the $35 meals will be at 5 p.m., and all orders can be made here.