People who want to eat out and support a good cause while they do it need to mark April 26 on the calendar.
That’s when ASK Wellness hosts Dining Out for Life, an annual event held throughout North America that raises money to support those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Last year, members of the ASK team ventured to Swaziland to assist children there. This year a group will venture to Udaipur, India, to build irrigation and civil water systems, said executive director Bob Hughes.
The communities that ASK visits have no access to medication and physicians. As far as Hughes is concerned, it’s his agency’s duty to help as best it can.
“We’re so fortunate here in terms of social services and access to health care,” Hughes said Thursday. “If we can bring some of that knowledge and community development work into these communities, then we’ve done something great.”
How Dining Out for Life works is simple: 25 per cent of a diner’s food bill is donated directly to the Udaipur mission.
There are 13 restaurants on board this year, including The Art We Are, Carlos O’Bryans, Fiesta Mexicana, Flavours of India, Hoja Mongolian Grill, Ora Restaurant, Mino’s Greek Restaurant, The Commodore, Ric’s Grill Aberdeen, Terra Restaurant and The Westsyde Pump.
Hughes said people can dine out for lunch or dinner, and every little bit will help.
The India trip embarks Nov. 15.
ActionAIDS in Philadelphia created Dining Out for Life in 1991. Events are now held in 60 cities throughout North America.