Every year Boston Pizzas across Saskatchewan have a day where a portion of sales is donated to Camp Easter Seal run by the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.

This past Wednesday, Boston Pizza in Swift Current held their fifth-annual fundraiser, and while the total amount of dough raised wasn't available yet, the running total for the entire cause could reach over $200,000.

"We don't have final totals [for Wednesday] yet, but to date we've raised about $175,000 (province wide)," said Shaun Hanna, who is general manager of the Swift Current location. "I strongly suspect that will break $200,000 this year, which is really kind of exciting, because there are a lot of kids that can go to camp just from people eating out and having pizzas."

In the past, Hanna said they donated 10 percent of the fundraising day's total sales, but now they do 20 percent of pizza sales for the entire, and they're raising more that way.

"What we used to do in the past was 10 percent of all sales," Hanna said. "And we actually found by doing pizza sales that we ended up being able to raise more money, just driving the interest of people buying pizza."

Hanna also said the day gets pretty busy compared to other Wednesdays in July, so it helps out with business too.

"Definitely it brought people out," he said. "I look at where we normally sit on a Wednesday in the middle of the summer, and I definitely saw an increase in traffic, which was great. It shows that people care. If they're going to spend the dollars, they're going to spend it in a way that they can help people too, which is really nice to see."

One person that noticed how busy things got was Swift Current Mayor Denis Perrault.

Perrault volunteers every year to bus tables, and he said he can certainly appreciate how busy it is for workers in the restaurant business.

"It makes a guy sure appreciate how busy the restaurant business is," Perrault said. "It's one thing to sit at a table. It's another thing to be in behind. The staff here have been great. They're teaching me how to bus a table, filling up pop, taking out some menus - some pretty simple jobs, but it's definitely a busy time. Having a lot of fun."

Hanna said they'd be happy to have Perrault on board "if the mayor thing doesn't work out," but Perrault likely isn't in any hurry to join their crew.

The fully-accessible camp - located just north of Watrous - is for kids with disabilities, and it costs approximately $1,500 to attend for a week.

 

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