Article that appeared in the Stittsville News

Written by John Curry john.curry@metroland.com

Mac's is known for its coffee. Put this together with a worthy cause and you have the recipe for a successful fundraising event.

That's just what happened at Mac's recent "Coffee for a Cause" event on May 10 when 12 Mac's stores in the area directed the proceeds from coffee sold that day to "Friends of Hospice Ottawa."

At the end of the day, a total of $2,335 was raised, an amount recently presented to Friends of Hospice director of event planning Ruth Cameron at a brief ceremony at the Mac's in Richmond.

Indeed, this was the second year that Mac's in Richmond had directed funds to Friends of Hospice Ottawa from its "Coffee for a Cause" event. Thanks to the efforts of Mac's market manager Diane Asche, 11 more Mac's stores in the area got on board this year, directing their "Coffee for a Cause" proceeds to Friends of Hospice Ottawa.

The Mac's stores which were involved this year, besides the Richmond one, were the stores in Stittsville at 1 Hobin Street, in Manotick at 5511 Manotick Main Street, in Kanata at 1031 Teron Road, 500 Hazeldean Road, 62 Stonehaven Drive, 100 Castlefrank Road and 13 Kakulu Road, in Nepean at 299 Greenbank Road, 418 Moodie Drive and 1 Tartan Drive, and in Ottawa at 2547 Baseline Road.

Friends of Hospice Ottawa had a volunteer at each store to help with the event and to provide information to coffee customers about the work of Friends of Hospice Ottawa. The event thus was not only an important fundraiser for Friends of Hospice Ottawa but was also an opportunity to increase awareness of the organization and its work in the community.

At the Richmond store, there was a basket of Cadbury products valued at $250 which was raffled off in a draw that day. Anyone who gave a donation to Friends of Hospice Ottawa was entered in the draw. This draw generated $400 in proceeds which is part of the total funds raised that day.

It is hoped that perhaps next year there will be a similar gift basket raffle held at each of the participating Mac's stores. 

At one store, the Friends of Hospice Ottawa volunteer provided two big trays of cookies which he gave out free to those who purchased coffee at the store that day.

Following up on this "Coffee for a Cause" event, Rashid Sandhu, manager of the Mac's in Richmond, held a BBQ at the store in July which raised an additional $300 for Friends of Hospice Ottawa.

Friends of Hospice Ottawa serves the western part of the city of Ottawa, providing in-home case as well as day hospice oppotunites for those suffering from life threatening illnesses. One of the day hospices is located in Richmond while the other is in Bells Corners. Friends of Hospice Ottawa also proveds transportation and bereavement services through the use of trained volunteers.

See more at Friends of Hospice Ottawa