Proving “a man’s a man,” clients at the Calgary Drop-In Centre enjoyed music and food yesterday for the sixth annual Robbie Burns Dinner for the Homeless.

The day is in honour of Scotland’s most-loved poet.

Hundreds of clients at the drop-in centre gathered to celebrate his 250th birthday yesterday with food, bagpipes and kilts.

“This brought the first smile of the day to my face. It was just incredible to watch them perform,” client Mike said of the St. Andrew-Caledonian Society of Calgary performance.
“It really did make me happy.”

Mike himself was formerly a bagpiper and enjoyed the music while making connections, and maybe, even joining the St. Andrew–Caledonian Society.

“I used to drum, too, so I will do whatever they need me to do.”

Robert Henderson, president of the society, said yesterday’s dinner is considered the largest Robbie Burns dinner in Canada.

“They love it. They were asking for us since last month, and by the time we’re done today, we’ll have requests already to come back,” he said, adding the clients feel respected.

“Robbie Burns was a common man who said all men are men, despite where they come from or what they do. Burns encouraged everyone to appreciate and respect all others,” he added.

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