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Coffee Break for the mind

Sharing a cup of Joe with friends, family or co-workers can help people dealing with Alzheimers.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is inviting Vernon residents to come together by hosting a Coffee Break fundraiser.

Funds raised at the events will help support local programs and services for people affected by dementia, as well as enabling research into the causes of and cure for dementia.

Hosting a Coffee Break event is as simple as offering a cup of coffee, tea or other treat in exchange for a donation.

The Alzheimer Society will send hosts a free kit with everything they need to get started – including the coffee.

Hosts then pick a date, a location and invite their network of friends.

“A recipe for an outstanding Coffee Break is an enthusiastic host, some creativity and a supportive community,” said Cathryn France, director of resource development with the ASBC. “The fundraiser is truly a wonderful, yet easy way for Vernon residents to raise awareness about dementia, reduce stigma and make a difference in their community.”

And Coffee Breaks are not limited to java. Hosts can serve tea, milkshakes or wine.

Hosts can also bake treats and organize games to boost their fundraising.

Local businesses can also get in on the fundraising.

Businesses can host a Coffee Break for their staff and customers. The society will also provide a complementary Forget Me Not flower kit which includes Forget Me Not flower cardboard cut-outs that will help businesses raise funds and awareness.

Merchants can add the flower’s UPC code to inventory and invite customers to exchange a flower for a donation.

Funds raised at Coffee Break events will support local programs and services for people affected by dementia, as well as enabling research into the causes of and cure for dementia.

The public awareness generated by these events will also help build a dementia-friendly society: a place where people affected by dementia are acknowledged, included and supported.

More information can be found online or by contacting Glen Mountfield at [email protected] or 604-742-4948.



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