Pizza Hut Restaurants LP present a cheque for $104,912 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation following its nine-week province-wide fundraiser in 2019. (Submitted Photo)

Okanagan Pizza Huts raise dough for diabetes research

Vernon Pizza Hut location raised more than $3,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

In just nine weeks, Vernon Pizza Hut locations raised more than $3,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – part of a province-wide fundraiser that saw the pizza chain raise more than $100,000.

The precise total raised by Vernon locations during the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraiser was $3,631.

“The success of this is especially attributed to the residents of Vernon,” said Isabella Alvarez, a spokesperson for Pizza Hut Restaurants LP. “It would not have been possible without the generous support of our community.”

Across B.C., 51 stores took part in this year’s campaign, raising a total of $104,912.

“We are very proud of our restaurant teams and our customers overwhelming support for this very important cause” said Mike Cyr, President of Pizza Hut Restaurants. “Pizza Hut strongly believes in getting involved locally which is why it chose an organization like JDRF.”

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in turn recognized Pizza Hut for its contribution.

“The efforts of every employee are making a huge difference for 300,000 Canadians living with Type 1 diabetes and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support to help raise funds and awareness.” said Dayna Backus, the foundation’s regional director for B.C. and the Yukon.

The Foundation awarded Pizza Hut as a 2018 honoree at the end of last year due to the pizza chain’s continued funding.

The average incidence rate of Type 1 diabetes has been growing at an estimated 5.1 per cent year over year – above the global average. The expected cost to Canada’s health care system is as much as $16.9 billion by 2020. The research foundation has worked for more than 40 years in search of a cure.

This was the 12th year that Pizza Hut has been involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and after this year the total funds raised amounts to $489,912.

Read More: Cram The Cruiser back in Armstrong

Read More: Cora breakfast restaurant gets cracking in Vernon


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Concert raised funds for Agur Lake Camp

Tim Nutt was headline act at Comedy Night Fundraiser in Summerland

Summerland music promoter wins national award

Paul Biro honoured at 2019 CCMA Awards in Calgary

PET OF THE WEEK: Teddy wants a quiet home of his own

Older cat enjoys evenings spent binge-watching Bonanza

Fill a bag and help those in the South Okanagan in need

The annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive takes place this week in Penticton and Summerland

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

Vernon race organizer head-butted by homeless man won’t be stopped

Man arrested after allegedly stealing race flags, assaulting woman in Kalamalka Lake park

Penticton man with multiple driving infractions loses appeal on ‘harsh’ sentence

Driver has been convicted multiple times, including for criminal negligence causing death

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

WHL action returns to Okanagan, Rockets GM anxious for season’s start

Big off-season changes, the Memorial Cup; it’s all coming together for Bruce Hamilton

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

Most Read