Local restaurant fundraising against MS

The Estevan A&W restaurant is joining others from across the country for the Burgers to Beat MS (multiple sclerosis) fundraiser on Aug. 22.

Two dollars from the sale of every Teen Burger will be donated to the MS Society of Canada to help with their efforts to find a cure for MS, and to support those currently fighting the disease and their caregivers.

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In addition to the sale of the burgers, local franchisee Darcy Graff said the Estevan location will have games throughout the day to raise money, and there will be food prizes and fun to support the great cause.

“There will be a few people here from the MS Society helping out, and a few other people who will come by and help out, too,” said Graff.

Prior to Aug. 22, they will be selling cut-outs that people can purchase for a small amount and write their names on, and they always have a donation jar throughout the year, so they have money put away to donate to the cause.

Burgers to Beat MS is a big initiative for A&W each year, Graff said. It has raised more than $2 million in the past couple of years, and the local restaurant is pleased to be part of the fundraiser.

He hopes the local A&W can raise around $2,000-$3,000. At one time, when the economy was stronger, they would raise more money, but the figure they hope to generate this year is more in-line with what they have done in the past few years.

A&W is a big supporter of the MS Society because MS affects a lot of people, he said, especially in Saskatchewan, which has the highest MS rates in the country.

“This is the charity that A&W chose to support nationally,” said Graff.

Everybody is going to somebody who is affected by the disease, so Graff said it’s important to support events like Burgers to Beat MS.

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