On May 10th from 10-4, the M&M Meat Shops held their 3rd annual Charity Bar-Be-Que. For a three-dollar donation to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, supporters could walk away with a hotdog or hamburger, a drink, and a bag of chips.
At the meal station, people also had the opportunity to enter a raffle to win $90.00 of M&M Meat Shops products. All proceeds were set to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
The weather was beautiful at around noon, which invited kids of all ages as well as adults out to the tent to grab some grub and donate to a cause at the same time. M&M Meat Shops is the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Of Canada’s biggest supporter.
Every year, the Charity BBQ across Canada makes and donates around one million dollars, “The charity bar-be-que event hosted by M&M Meat Shops has been occurring for the last twenty-five years,” says employee Teresa Henderson, who has been working for the company for the last ten years, “since that time, the company has donated more than twenty three million to our chosen charity.”
The Chestermere M&M Meat Shops location will celebrate its fourth year of operation in the middle of July.
Both Crohn’s and colitis (also known as ulcerative colitis) are chronic diseases, which cause the people they affect with extreme discomfort, pain, weight loss, and lack of energy. The first step to finding a cure for any disease is to pinpoint why people become diagnosed with it. Therefore, supporting this cause helps to fundraise long term efforts in finding what causes both Crohn’s and colitis, thus finding a cure.
On May 19th, it is World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day. This day is meant for people who are affected by either disease to come together in support of each other’s struggles as well as raise awareness. In the world, there are around five million people who have either Crohn’s or colitis, two hundred thousand of that amount being people with Crohn’s in Canada.
Although inflammatory bowel disease is often suffered in silence, more people will be diagnosed with it than with multiple sclerosis (MS) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) this year alone.
To show your support, please visit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada’s website at this shortened link: http://goo.gl/ZcQHkD