Fundraiser targets colitis

More than 400 M&M Meat Shops across Canada will host the Charity BBQ Day Saturday

Pay a little, eat a lot, support a national organization.

More than 400 M&M Meat Shops across Canada – including Vernon’s, located in the Vernon Square Mall – will, on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., host its Charity BBQ Day in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (formerly known as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada).

“We are extremely grateful to those who support M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day,” says Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s chief development officer, Terry Slobodian.

“Over our 25-year partnership with M&M Meat Shops, we have seen incredible growth in Charity BBQ Day. These donations, combined with the hard work of thousands of volunteers, raise a significant portion of our annual research funds in just one day.

“Thanks to the efforts of volunteers and franchisees, working together in their local communities, we are in a better position than ever to support the one in every 150 Canadians living with Crohn’s and colitis.”

M&M Meat Shops’ franchisees, staff and thousands of volunteers from coast-to-coast will be manning their grills to meet the fundraising goal of $1 million.

Supporters will receive a hamburger or hot dog, a drink and a bag of chips for a minimum donation of $3. Proceeds raised help fund Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis medical research.

From now until May 11, Canadians can also support Crohn’s and colitis research by purchasing and signing a penguin at any M&M Meat Shops location. There are three great ways to participate:

n For $2, supporters will receive a penguin and a chance to win a $500 M&M Meat Shops gift card;

n For $3, supporters will receive a penguin, a M&M Meat Shops blossom pastry and double their chance to win a $500 M&M Meat Shops gift card;

n For $5, supporters will receive a penguin, a coupon book worth more than $50 in M&M Meat Shops savings and triple their chance to win $500 in M&M Meat Shops gift cards.

The $500 M&M Meat Shops grand prize draw will take place on May 15.