Robson fire fighters hold out their boots to raise funds for muscular dystrophy

Join Robson firefighters on Saturday as they hold out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

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Join Robson firefighters on Saturday as they hold out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Be sure to look out for firefighters with boot in hand and stop by to contribute to the cause at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas on Broadwater Road Robson on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To show their support for people with neuromuscular disorders, Robson firefighters are organizing a 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.

“Last year we were able to raise $6,200 in the boot drive, almost $14,000 total, and were recognized at Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s annual conference with the Up and Coming fire hall of the year award,” says Dustin LePage, Muscular Dystrophy Canada chair and Robson firefighter.

“We at the Robson Volunteer Fire Department are a very committed group and fully intend to live up to that title with the March 28 boot drive and other fundraising initiatives such as the second annual Firefighter Games.”

 

It takes a firefighter 56 muscles to put on a boot; it takes you to help fill it. By dropping your extra change into the boot, you are helping make muscles move in your community.

 

 

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