By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – The new owners of the local M&M Meat Shops franchise have a lot to celebrate.
During their grand re-opening and fundraiser BBQ plenty of people brought their appetites.
New proprietors Derrick and Carol Cayer were eager to showcase the new renovations that have been recently completed, since they acquired the franchise in mid-August.
The location and ownership has changed, but for 25 years M&M Meat Shops has been a trusted source for family meal time in Cornwall.
The Cayers were busy helping volunteers raise thousands for the Karnak S.D. & G. Cornwall Shrine Club 'Patient Transportation Service.'
"We value family, and Shriners take care of families," said Derrick Cayer.
S.D. & G. Cornwall Shrine Club members were raising funds for a program that gets sick kids into hospitals, and even provides lodging for the family during the child's stay.
"Today is a fundraiser for our transportation fund, allowing us to take local children to the hospital, whether it's by plane, train or automobile," said S.D. & G. Cornwall Shrine Club Noble Rob Cave. "We pay for it, not the children, not the parents."
The Cayers donated the food items for the BBQ, ensuring all the funds went directly to the program.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children has 22 not-for-profit hospitals across North America. Regardless of the funds available to the child, kids with burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic conditions, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care.
Cave described Shriner hospitals in Boston (acute burns) and Montreal (orthopedics) as top-notch facilities that provide free health care for youth in Eastern Ontario.
To learn more about the Shriners, visit www.karnakshrine.com.