Today, eating a burger can go towards more than your daily calorie count.
All across Canada, orders of A&Ws’ Teen Burgers and Double Teen Burgers will help fundraise for the MS Society of Canada, with a dollar from each purchase going straight to the organization, for the 8th Annual Burgers to Beat MS (formerly known as A&W’s Cruisin’ to End MS).
Programs and Services Coordinator for the local MS Chapter, Patty Milnthorp says there are other ways to donate to the MS Society during today’s event.
“You can also, if you want to support us, and Teen Burger is not your thing, you can purchase anything at A&W, and then just round your bill up, the total of you bill, at the till. And that’ll go towards us, or you can purchase a $2 paper cut-out, or there’s an in-store donation mug.”
As well, at the Cornerstone A&W here in Lloydminster, nearest Wal-Mart, the Just Kruizin’ Car Club will be on-site, offering accompanied joy rides of the classic cars for a $5 donations, from 6 to 9 pm.
The fast-food franchise partners with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada on this day each year, which brings in funds for research and support programs.
“[The funds] help us to research; to find a cure and give hope to Canadians affected by MS; to develop treatments to improve the quality of life; it pushes for better support of caregivers; it also helps us to provide programs and services,” explains Milnthorp.
About 800 A&W restaurants across Canada will be hosting Burgers to Beat MS today, with some incorporating games and music and other activities as well. Lloydminster has 4 different A&W locations, all of which will be partaking in the fundraiser event.
“The other way you can support ‘Burgers to Beat MS,’ you can share the 2016 Burgers to Beat MS video. When you do that, A&W will donate $1 for every share, up to $20,000. The video can be seen at A&W’s Facebook page or burgerstobeatms.ca.”
Over the past 7 years, the event has raised over $8 million. Last year alone it brought in $1.6 million.
According to Milnthorp at the local Chapter of the MS Society, Canada has the highest rate of Multiple Sclerosis in the world and it is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults in the country; it is most commonly diagnosed in people ages 15-40, and women are 3-times as likely to develop MS than men.