Monday , 10 May 2021
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente.

Vermilion shows strong support for MS

Residents gathered for the impromptu classic car show while two dollars from every Teen Burger went to the MS Society of Canada.

During A&W’s Burgers To Beat MS event, classic cars rolled in from Lloydminster, Wainwright, and Vermilion.

The Vermilion A&W participated in the nation-wide event, welcoming everyone who wanted to support Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and check out the cool cars.

“I haven’t seen a turnout like this in a long time,” said Jennifer Ross, from Two Hills (formerly Lloydminster) who brought her 1973 Mustang.

Jennifer Ross with her 1973 Ford Mustang.

Participants enjoyed the comradery and opportunity for the community to come together.

“For me, classic cars are more fun than the muscle cars,” said Peggy Bauer.

“They don’t make cars like they used to.”

Peggy Bauer with a 1958 Ford Edsel.

Bauer wanted to support the cause because she has a friend with MS who deals with a loss of mobility.

“It’s not pleasant,” said Bauer.

Alberta has one of the highest rates of MS worldwide, and Ross said that when a person lives with MS that eventually they will be unable to walk or even lift utensils. She said many of them are very young so it wears on them mentally because they go from being totally independent to being totally dependant.

“Many of them could really use at-home services,” said Ross.

From left, Vermilion A&W staff Anureet Kaur, Deval Patel, Kiranjeet Kaur, Lorna Hamilton, Harpreet Kaur, Karanjit Singh, and Doug Cornish.

A&W staff were also pleased to see so many locals contributing portions of their teen burger purchases to support the cause last night.

“Thank you Vermilion and area for the amazing (and I mean amazing) support of our Burgers To Beat MS event, as well as for their patience when we had line-ups outside the door and in the drive-thru,” said manager Lorna Hamilton.

“Thank you also to my amazing staff for all their hard work and dedication in tonight’s event.”

By enjoying a meal in cohorts, and seeing the colourful variety of cars that would otherwise be forgotten through the generations, those in attendance really enjoyed being able to support their fellow Canadians.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.