Taste some coffee, help youth

Taste some coffee, help youth

Sip your way to a caffeine education this Saturday as Mission Youth Unlimited (MYU) hosts a coffee cupping event at a local church.

There will be up to seven different types of coffee to sample at Mission Foursquare Church, starting at 7 p.m.

Cupping is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee, said Youth Unlimited area director Barry McLeod. Interspersed with the java sampling, which is co-presented by Cuppa Joe Coffee, will be inspirational stories told by youth about the programs the organization offers.

Funds from this event will be funnelled towards MYU’s youth van project, said McLeod.

The organization is trying to gather $25,000 to replace the well-used vehicle, which has transported hundreds of youth to a myriad of events. MYU makes the van available to local groups working with youth, including Fraser House Society, Union Gospel Mission, Canada World Youth and Mission parks and recreation department.

“It has become a very shared resource,” said McLeod. “There are at least 20 different groups using it each year.”

Mission Community Foundation has contributed $1,400 towards the costs, bringing the total raised so far to nearly $5,000.

Tickets to the coffee tasting are $15 and available at Sue’s Copy Place, Mission Foursquare Church, Lanka Jewels or by calling 604-820-8246. Admission includes a half-pound bag of a featured coffee from the event. The church is located at 33837 Prentis Ave.

If you would like to donate money or items in-kind towards the van (such as a television, game console, etc.), contact Barry at the above-noted number.