This past Saturday, May 10, 2014 - franchisees, staff and thousands of volunteers at more than 400 M&M Meat Shops locations across Canada joined together to raise $1,075,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (formerly known as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada). Supporters from coast to coast lined up to celebrate M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day, raising funds to help find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases. To date, the annual event has raised more than $25,381,000 for this very worthy cause.
Saturday marked the 26th anniversary for M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day and Canadians enjoyed thousands of hamburgers and hot dogs. Proceeds raised will go directly to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada to invest in research, education, awareness and advocacy programs for Crohn’s and colitis, a disease that affects more than 233,000 Canadian men, women and children.
This year, M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day was pleased to have 11-year-old Halifax resident, Jillian Robinson as Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s representative for the event. Jillian understands all too well what it’s like to live with ulcerative colitis. “I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 3 years old. I’ve never known what it’s like not to be sick.”
Cooking for a Cure
“Once again, Canadians demonstrated incredible support for Charity BBQ Day, raising more than $1 million for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada,” says Gary Decatur, President and Chief Operating Officer at M&M Meat Shops. “Our sincere thank you to everyone who helped to make the 26th annual Charity BBQ Day a huge success.”
Decatur believes this amazing feat could not have been accomplished without the help of the thousands of volunteers and dedicated M&M Meat Shops franchisees, who tirelessly manned BBQs and promoted their event in local communities across the country.
“Canadians have more reasons to be concerned about Crohn’s and colitis than anyone else in the world. 1 in every 150 people is living with these chronic diseases – a rate that ranks in the highest worldwide,” says Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Chief Development Officer, Terrance Slobodian. “These are the Canadian diseases that affect the entire family – moms and dads, brothers and sisters. Monies raised from today’s event makes important research happen. And we are so very grateful for the hard work of our volunteers and M&M Meat Shops’ franchisees, who share in our vision of a future without Crohn’s and colitis.“
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Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (formerly known as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada) is a volunteer-based charity dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improving the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases. As Canada’s leading non-governmental funder of Crohn’s and colitis research, we have invested over $82 million to foster advances in research, education, awareness and advocacy to date. By working together we can help advance the understanding of these diseases and fund the programs that result in more treatment options and, ultimately, cures. Please visit www.crohnsandcolitis.ca, join us on https://www.facebook.com/crohnsandcolitis.ca or call 1-800-387-1479.