Fort Macleod residents can join a national effort Thursday, Aug. 21 in support of the MS Society of Canada.
The sixth annual Cruisin’ for a Cause fund-raiser is from 5-9 p.m. at Fort Macleod A&W Restaurant.
The event features a dunk tank, classic car rally, the Great Root Bear, raffles and music.
Cruisin’ for a Cause has raised more than $5-million over six years in support of the MS Society of Canada.
A&W Restaurants across the country donate $1 from the sale of every Teenburger or double Teenburger to the MS Society of Canada.
The money raised helps the society provide support for people in Fort Macleod who have MS, and also funds research for treatment and a cure.
Multiple sclerosis, or MS as it is more commonly known, is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord.
MS is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada, with most people being diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40 years.
The unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of the person’s life.
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world with three new cases diagnosed each day.
More than 100,000 Canadians have MS.
The Cruisin’ for a Cause celebration in Fort Macleod includes raffles of an A&W logo table and four bar stools as well as other prizes.
People can buy paper cutouts for $1, $2, or $5 to help decorate the Fort Macleod restaurant to promote awareness.
The dunk tank line-up includes Ron Kingston at 5 p.m., Randy Weasel Fat at 5:30 p.m., MS Society of Canada chapter manager Allan Christinson at 6 p.m., Amber Mackintosh at 7 p.m., and Randy O’Sullivan at 7:30 p.m. A&W staff members will also take a turn.
A&W mascot The Great Root Bear will be available for photos and visits from 5-6 p.m., 7-8 p.m. and 8:30-9 p.m.
There will be root beer chugging contests from 5-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.
A classic car rally takes place from 7-9 p.m.
In addition to donating to the MS cause by buying a Teenburger or double Teenburger, people can also contribute on-line at www.cruisintoendms.ca.
A&W will also donate $1 to the MS Society of Canada for every RSVP to the A&W Cruisin’ to End MS event on Facebook, and every tweet or retweet with the hashtag #cruisintoendms.