Cruise for a cause at Parksville A&W

The Parksville A&W has been building up to their big MS Cruisin’ for a Cause Day all year and it's finally here this Thursday.

John Young had his head shaved by Richard Ruel

John Young had his head shaved by Richard Ruel

The Parksville A&W has been building up to their big MS Cruisin’ for a Cause Day all year and it’s finally here this Thursday.

The local store raised almost $5,000 last year and plan to top that this year, partly to force the manager’s husband to shave his mustache.

As of Aug. 15 they had raised almost $4,000, so organizers were confident the big day would push them over the top.

They are raising funds for MS, or multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility striking around one in every 500 to 1,000 Canadians. It is most often diagnosed in young adults.

The restaurant’s ongoing fundraising includes donation boxes, $1 cutouts, jelly bean and candy counting contests, bake sale, bottle drive, car wash and three silent auctions and they raised money throughout the year with similar efforts.

The work culminates on national Cruisin’ for a Cause Day, when they donate $1 from every teen burger or double teen burger to the MS Society.

Staff are buzzing about the promise from manager Dorothy Young’s husband John that he’d shave if they raised more than $5,000. It would be the first time Dorothy saw him shaved in the 25 years she’s known him.

“I want that mustache off my husband,” Dorothy said last year.

“This is going to be a great day of fun for everyone in Parksville and across Canada so come on out, help us raise a ton of money for this great cause,” she said.

Visit www.mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation. And don’t forget to stop at A&W Thursday, Aug. 23 for a teen burger and assorted prize and donation opportunities.