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City A&W restaurants top B.C. fundraisers

Two Kamloops A&W restaurants have been honoured for placing first and second in B.C. in fundraising totals during this year’s Cruisin’ for a Cause Day.

The event, an Aug. 23 fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, saw the Columbia Place A&W restaurant raise a B.C.-best $8,825, while the Fortune Plaza A&W restaurant raised $7,699, good for second in the province.

Across the country, $1.25 million was raised in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and its mission to be a leader in finding a cure for MS.

In total, Cruisin’ for a Cause Day has raised more than $3.3 million during the past four years to help end MS in communities across the country.

“The ongoing enthusiasm and commitment to this very important cause has been outstanding,” said Paul Hollands, president and CEO of A&W Food Services of Canada.

“On behalf of A&W, I would like to thank and congratulate all of our customers, staff, franchisees, car clubs, the MS Society and other supporters across Canada who helped us reach this significant goal.”

“When our partnership with A&W began four years ago, we had no idea how much Cruisin’ for a Cause would grow, or how much impact it would have in communities across the country,” said MS Society of Canada president and CEO Yves Savoie.

“This year, over 750 A&W restaurants teamed up with us to make this day a success and help us raise awareness and funds on behalf of Canadians living with multiple sclerosis.”

A&W restaurants across Canada helped raise funds through the sale of cut-outs, customer contributions and donations of $1 from every Teen Burger sold on Aug. 23.

Cruisin’ for a Cause raised funds and awareness of multiple sclerosis through a variety of events, including classic-car gatherings, retro music, car-hop service relay races and Great A&W Root Bear visits. ;


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