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M&M Meat Shops to serve up good grub for a good cause

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:28 am

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For the 26th year in a row, M&M Meat Shops across Canada will be holding their annual Charity BBQ Day in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and Airdrie’s Village Square Plaza location will once again be getting in on the fun.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10 with barbecue goers receiving a hamburger or hotdog, a drink and a bag of chips for a minimum $3 donation.

The goal is to raise $1 million to help fund Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis medical research.

“What began in 1989 with just a handful of stores has evolved into a highly anticipated national event at more than 400 M&M Meat Shops locations across Canada. Now in our 26th year of fundraising for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Charity BBQ Day combines the power of our local community involvement and nationwide reach,” said M&M Meat Shops President and COO Gary Decatur in a press release.

Over the past 25 years, M&M Meat Shops has raised more than $24 million for Crohn’s and colitis research.

Crohn’s and colitis are lifelong diseases that result in pain, urgent bathroom visits, hospital stays and multiple surgeries, and according to the press release, the diseases effect one in every 150 Canadians, making Canada the country with the highest amount of people impacted by the diseases.

“Our goal is to help Crohn’s and Colitis Canada find a cure and support the many Canadians living courageously with these chronic diseases,” Decature said.

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

Money raised at the event will help fund research to foster advances in prevention, treatments, cures and health policy. Funds will also go towards education and increasing public awareness of the diseases.

“These donations, combined with the hard work of thousands of volunteers, raise a significant portion of our annual research funds in just one day,” Slobodian said.


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