You may have seen in the local news that in the UK the cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support is organising the World's Biggest Coffee Morning to help those who are affected by the disease. Coffee is similarly being used as a way to bring people together and raise funds for another good cause in Canada. 'Coffee Break' is a successful scheme that has been running for the past 16 years to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society on a national basis. And it has made serious amounts of cash too – in 2010, for example, Coffee Breaks using coffee machines in Canada managed to rustle up $1.27 million for the good cause.
The Coffee Break series was launched last week and one of the participating contributors was Fairmont Home for the local branch of the charity in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Last year, the Fairmont Home raised an impressive $1,300. This particular branch has ambitious goals in this year's Coffee Break using coffee machines and wants to raise $63,000 at the various coffee mornings in the area.
The Alzheimer's Society does wonderful work with those suffering from the disease. It is run by volunteers and gives support, imparts knowledge and training plus advocacy for those who have certain dementia problems. In addition, the organisation uses some of the monies it raises to try to find a cure for the disease which affects so many people.
There is now a sleek procedure to help those who want to hold a fund-raising event for the Coffee Break programme. The kit which will be supplied by the organisation also includes the coffee.