Al Scholing, of Scholing’s Produce in Lacombe, partnered with Cilantro and Chive in March to create a burger that spotlights the potato while giving back to a worthy cause.
Proceeds from the March Burger of the Month at the Lacombe restaurant totalled $988 and was donated to the Team Jigger Foundation.
Scholing, who provided the potatoes for the baked potato buns of the burger he created, said supporting his friend Jason Lunn and the Team Jigger Foundation was an easy choice.
In the winter of 2011, Scholing was a member of the Lacombe Fire Department when he was called to attend a motor vehicle collision outside of the city Jason Lunn, also known as Jigger, was airlifted from the scene of the accident after recieving two vertebral fractures along with a spinal cord injury.
“Jigger is an active member of our community and has always been an inspiration to me. I’m honoured to have an opportunity to support Team Jigger and his dream to help others who are facing challenges he has endured and continues to face,” Scholing said.
After being discharged from the Glenrose Rehabilitation Center , Jigger has been committed to finding new ways for rehabilitation in Central Alberta, and breaking down barriers for mobility, function, and daily activities in his own life to help others do the same.
The foundation is “dedicated to enriching the lives of people who have suffered spinal cord injuries or associated disorders by providing the equipment, information, and resources for these individuals to move better, live healthier and work easier.”
Donations to Team Jigger Foundation, including the $998 from Cilantro and Chive’s Burger of the Month, is being used to purchase specialized rehabilitation equipment and to help fund rehab and therapy for individual requiring extra help.
Cilantro and Chive along with Scholing presented the donation to the foundation on April 6.
Merry Kuchle of Merry’s Mercantile in Bentley is the guest chef at the restaurant in April, and proceeds from her Southern Comfort burger will be donated to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter.