Robson boot drive raises over $6,400

Robson firefighters recently held out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Submitted to the Castlegar News

Robson firefighters recently held out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The bar was set high from last year at $6,200 and the community of Robson and area stepped up at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas on Broadwater Road and raised $6,422.

To show their support for people with neuromuscular disorders, Robson firefighters organized the community boot drive to raise awareness and funds to help “make muscles move.”

A boot drive is a fundraising event where local firefighters go out into the community and collect donations from the public in their boots.

Since 1954, Canadian firefighters have been helping Muscular Dystrophy Canada fight the battle against muscular dystrophy — a group of over 100 types of neuromuscular disorders characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles. Over time, many people with neuromuscular disorders are unable to walk, speak, or ultimately breathe. Some disorders are life-threatening and presently, there is no cure.

The money raised by Robson firefighters will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to support their mission of enhancing the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure.

“We felt the total was so high from last year that it may have been tough to reach but this community is amazing is so many ways, including generosity,” says Robson firefighter Dustin LePage, the Muscular Dystrophy Canada chair.

“I’m so very proud to be part of the Robson Volunteer Fire Department and community of Robson. Huge thanks to Randy and his staff at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas for helping us execute a highly successful boot drive.”