Laura Mawhinney (right) is heading to Haiti next Thursday with Project Aftershock. Proceeds from an ice cream fundraiser Saturday on White Rock's East Beach are to benefit the medical mission.

Sweet treat to help in Haiti

Ice cream fundraiser to benefit White Rock businesswoman's efforts to help in Haiti

The owner of an East Beach ice cream shop is hoping to sweeten a neighbour’s effort to lend a helping hand in Haiti.

Shafique Saleemi said proceeds from his Cones for a Cause fundraiser this Saturday (July 19) at his Crazy Cows Ice Cream store (15547 Marine Dr.) will benefit Project Aftershock, an organization created to help Haitians impacted by a devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010.

Project Aftershock’s executive director Laura Mawhinney – who owns Project Aftershock Thrift Store on East Beach – said the organization provides medical clinics, life-saving medicine and surgery, as well as family sponsorship and food programs for two orphanages in Port-au-Prince. Funds raised July 19 – $1 per cone sold between noon and 5 p.m. – will benefit a mission trip that heads for Haiti on July 24.

Saleemi said this is the third year for Cones for a Cause. In 2011, proceeds benefited the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

“Every year, we try to think of a good deed,” Saleemi said. “Next year, we’ll do it for Peace Arch Hospital.”


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