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DQ hosts successful fundraiser

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The DQ Grill and Chill/Orange Julius in Estevan hosted a fundraiser November 27 to show its support for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Half of the restaurant's overall sales during the day were turned over to the Haiyan victims. There was also a raffle that offered a variety of prizes, and a donation box.

The fundraiser generated $7,345.10 for relief efforts.

Co-franchisee Louise Vandenhurk said the restaurant's sales were well above normal for a late fall day.

"We had people in here all day long," said Vandenhurk. "The staff was extremely happy with everything."

All of the restaurant's employees worked 12 hours that day, and they donated their time. A couple of former employees came in and worked to assist with the fundraiser.

The benefit was pieced together very quickly, Vandenhurk said, and so they were even more pleased with the results.

Vandenhurk said that one of the managers had a cousin who was killed by Haiyan, and some other family members who were adversely affected, as the typhoon struck the manager's hometown. The manager returned to the Philippines on November 29, and DQ wanted to have the fundraiser before her departure.

"There is a whole bunch of families that are going to be helped with this," said Vandenhurk. "She's taking some food down there, too, because they were kind of in an area where the government hasn't quite reached them yet."

Another employee had family members who were in the typhoon zone. The family survived, but they lost their home. Some funds will be supplied to them.

Estevan is a great community, Vandenhurk said, as it's a city that comes together and helps others in a time of need. That's what she believes DQ's Filipino employees, and other members of the local Filipino community, need at this time.


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