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A&W's 6th Annual Cruisin' to End MS Raises $1.45 Million
A&W Canada and the MS Society of Canada thank Canadians for their outstanding support
|By Marketwired .
|August 27, 2014 01:04 PM EDT
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/27/14 --
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A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. (TSX:AW.UN) is proud to announce its 6th annual Cruisin' to End MS day, on August 21, raised $1.45 million in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and its programs that benefit Canadians affected by the disease. One dollar from every Teen Burger® sold across the country on Thursday, August 21 went to the MS Society, in addition to funds collected in donation mugs, through the sales of paper cutouts, and online giving.
A&W also donated $1 for every RSVP to the A&W Cruisin' to End MS event on Facebook and every tweet or retweet with the hashtag #CruisinToEndMS. This was a hugely popular element in this year's campaign boosted by support and a visit to the A&W restaurant in Whitehorse-and related tweet-from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
"Through our partnership with the MS Society, we are extremely pleased to help raise awareness about multiple sclerosis, which affects 100,000 Canadians and their families, and to support important research and programs aimed at ending MS," said Paul Hollands, President and CEO, A&W Food Services of Canada. "On behalf of A&W, I would like to thank and congratulate all of our operators, employees, customers, car clubs, the MS Society, and others across Canada who supported us to make this campaign the biggest yet."
More than 800 A&W restaurants across the country hosted Cruisin' to End MS events, including classic car and hot rod gatherings, music, car hop service, A&W Root Beer® chugging contests, and visits from the Great A&W Root Bear®.
During this year's Cruisin' to End MS, the five top fundraising A&W restaurants are located in Alberta. A Grande Prairie A&W was the top fundraising restaurant with $36,047 in donations, followed by Fort McMurray's Franklin Avenue A&W raising $29,879 and Fort McMurray's Thickwood A&W with $24,662. The Shawnessay A&W in Calgary was fourth highest with $10,328 and the West Grande Prairie A&W rounds out the top five with $9,975 in donations.
"A sincere thank you to the A&W family for their continued commitment to accelerate discoveries in MS and improve the lives of the 100,000 Canadians living with the disease," says Yves Savoie, President and CEO of the MS Society of Canada. "Each year we are amazed by the support we receive through A&W Cruisin' to End MS and are proud of this important partnership. The event wouldn't be possible without the support of individuals across our great country who come together for this common cause - a cause that affects all Canadians."
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, with 100,000 individuals living with MS, and every day three more people are diagnosed. MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in the country, causing a physical, emotional and financial burden that lasts a lifetime. The disease is complex and unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Although the cause of this often disabling disease is still not known, researchers are closer to finding the answer. The MS Society of Canada offers programs and services for people with MS and their families, and is also the highest per-capita funder of MS research in the world.
A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. is 100 per cent Canadian owned and is one of the strongest brand names in the Canadian foodservice industry. A&W is the nation's second largest hamburger restaurant company with over 820 locations coast-to-coast. A&W Restaurants feature famous trade-marked menu items such as The Burger Family®, Chubby Chicken® and A&W Root Beer®. For more information, please visit aw.ca.
About multiple sclerosis and the MS Society of Canada. Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. It is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families, and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 for more information.
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