Noodle Box is looking to change the stigma around mental health and raise awareness for different disorders through a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 21st.
- SAANICH NEWS, by Jacob Zinn
Noodle Box locations at Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford – will be selling select boxes for $5, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Hayden started the fundraiser three years ago at the Southeast Asian noodle bar’s Shelbourne location, adding it’s a cause that is close to his heart.
Victoria’s 4 Noodle Box locations will open at 11 am, with the fundraiser running until supplies last.
Noodle Box Head Office has assured The Celiac Scene that locations will be able to accommodate gluten-free requests on this, their busiest day of their year! (limit of two $5 Noodle Boxes per person)
“I chose the Canadian Mental Health Association because I lost my brother to mental health,” said Hayden. “He committed suicide in 2010. He struggled with mental health growing up and had a lot of insecurities that followed alongside.
“I’ve struggled with depression through the loss of my brother. This is a way that I can help people out who are afraid to speak up about their personal problems.”
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New this year, all four of Hayden’s locations will be participating in the fundraiser. Hayden said he’s received a huge response from customers over the last three years, with thousands of people coming through to support the cause of mental health.
“It was incredible seeing the amount of people that came from the community and spoke to me about their stories about mental health,” said Hayden. “They just expressed their gratitude in such a strong way.”
According to the CMHA, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.
“Mental health is something that affects everyone in one way or another,” he said. “It’s something that’s slowly being brought to the attention of our community and our country and the world as a whole.”
“In our first three years of doing it, at the Shelbourne location alone, we’ve ran out of food in the entire restaurant by about 6 p.m.,” he said. “We had stocked about double the amount of food that we would stock on a regular Friday night.”
The fundraiser will feature music along with a CMHA tent. For more information visit cmha.bc.ca.
About Noodle Box
Voted #1 Take Out Restaurant in Vancouver, Noodlebox Southeast Asian Noodle Bar got its start in Victoria’s Chinatown as a humble food cart in 2001. Their unique style street food became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill.
In 2003 they opened their first restaurant location on Douglas Street and have broadened their reach since then to Shelbourne, Uptown, Langford and Port Place in Nanaimo. Scroll down for their locations in Vancouver, BC and Alberta!
Fun, high energy staff – and diners – are on the same page for safe and delicious gluten-free food. Noodle Box is the place to see and be seen as you line up – indoors – to order!
NoodleBox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.
Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.
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