Alzheimer’s coffee break slated Thursday

The Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River is asking district residents to take a coffee break for a good cause this Thursday.
“People always meet for coffee anyway. Why not do it on that day to raise money for a good cause?” executive director Margaret Schonewille remarked this morning.
The annual nation-wide event sees numerous locations serve up coffee and dainties for the cost of a donation to the Alzheimer Society.
In Fort Frances, participants holding a coffee break that day include the Town of Fort Frances (Civic Centre), Wilson’s Business Solutions, Celeste’s Beauty Salon, CIBC, The Treasure Chest, and The Harbourage.
Similar coffee breaks are planned across the district, including at Tompkin’s Hardware in Emo, the Barwick Village Restaurant in Barwick, and the Rainy River Record office and Rainy River Activity Depot in Rainy River.
Schonewille stressed that even though the event is just two days, more hosts are welcome to contact her and tell her they want participate.
She noted Alzheimer coffee breaks can take place anywhere, whether it be retail stores, restaurants, large and small businesses, care facilities, schools, government offices, coffee shops, community centres, or churches.
“Individuals can even do it in their homes,” said Schonewille. “Neighbours can drop by, chat, and make a donation.”
Individuals or businesses still wanting to hold a coffee break can contact Schonewille at 1-800-682-0245. While she won’t be able to get the promotional materials mailed to you on time, all they really need is coffee and snacks, and are welcome to make their own posters.
Afterwards, they can send the proceeds to Schonewille so they can be used in the two districts.
Their name then will be entered in a draw, with the winning host getting a $500 gift certificate from Canada Safeway.
In related news, Schonewille noted the “Buck-A-Cup” fundraiser is running at various businesses throughout September.
The “Buck-A-Cup” campaign is where customers at these locations pay a loonie and write their names on a paper coffee cup, which then is taped up on a window, wall, or elsewhere at the businesses for all to see.
Participating locations in Fort Frances include A&W, Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Canada Safeway, Pharmasave, and Bonnie Blue.
Canadian Tire already sent in the money it raised there—a total of $200. Meanwhile, Northern Lights Credit Union will be doing “Buck-A-Cup” in October.
Participating businesses in the district include Dev-Lynne’s (Devlin), the Emo Inn, Village Variety, and Cloverleaf Shop Easy Foods (Emo), and the Lakewood Credit Union and Helliar’s Resort (Nestor Falls).
Schonewille said the coffee breaks and “Buck-A-Cup” fundraisers seem to grow every year. The ones for the Kenora/Rainy River districts raised about $6,500 last year.