Obi Canuel is a Pastafarian and wears a colander on his head as part of his religious belief.

Don your colander for a cause

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is raising funds for the Surrey Food Bank

A local Pastafarian is urging people to use their noodle this weekend to help the hungry.

Obi Canuel, an ordained minister in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is inviting the public to don a colander and gather at the King George SkyTrain station (98 Avenue and King George Boulevard) on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m.

Canuel says the church will donate $5 to the Surrey Food Bank for every person who wears a pasta strainer on their head for a group photo.

Canuel, 36, a former SFU philosophy student, ran unsuccessfully for city council last November and fought a long-simmering battle against ICBC for his right to wear a colander in his driver’s licence photo. (The insurer refused his request).

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – or Pastafarianism – was created a decade ago by a U.S. man to satirize certain aspects of creationism. It follows a belief that a flying pasta creature created the universe after “drinking heavily.”

Canuel says Pastafarians are touched by the monster’s noodly goodness and wear a colander as a symbol of their belief.