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Calgary Stampede breakfast quest draws charitable backers

What started as a silly stunt to binge on free sausages and pancakes has now flipped into a charitable quest.

Kyle MacQuarrie garnered headlines this week with his so-called “pancakageddon” in which he aimed to eat upward of 30 to 40 cowboy breakfasts over the 10-day Calgary Stampede festivities.

Since then, some of corporate Calgary has agreed to pitch in anywhere between $10 to $20 per plate he puts back. MacQuarrie’s employer, Marketwire, has also agreed to match the donations up to $1,000.

In the end, the Calgary dad expects to raise roughly $2,500 for the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“Here I am eating this much food, and there are people out there who don’t have it,” he said, when asked how he selected the beneficiaries, adding his family has ties to diabetes.

MacQuarrie downed his 21st free breakfast on Wednesday, leaving roughly 14 left to conquer over the next four days.

He described the support as “absolutely amazing.”

Heninger Landscaping Inc. has pledged $15 per breakfast.

Owner Jason Heninger says his pal has an insatiable appetite — not for hotcakes but to beat his personal challenges.

“He’s driven,” Heninger said.

While he hasn’t yet digested his final flapjack of 2014, MacQuarrie already has eyes on the future.

“I’d like to see it get bigger — if I can carry this forward to next year,” he said.

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