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Robson Fire Department to hold 24-hour roof top campout

The event will raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Robson firefighter Dustin LePage (center) was awarded the BC/Yukon Fire Fighter of the year award by Muscular Dystrophy Canada in 2017. This week he is organizing an event for the Robson Fire Department. (Submitted)

Don’t panic if you see a bunch of firefighters on the roof of Johnny’s Grocery & Gas this weekend.

Members of the Robson Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) will be camping out for 24 hours to raise funds and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

This is the first time RVFD has done a rooftop campout, but they plan to make it an annual event in the future.

A Rooftop Campout is a fundraising event where local fire fighters gain pledges for a 24-hour stay on a local rooftop. RVFD members will be on the roof at Johnny’s from 8:00 a.m. Oct.3 through 8:00 a.m. Oct.4.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada Chair and RVFD Dustin LePage says there will be prizes and Johnny’s will be donating profits from gas sold that day to the cause as well.

People who donate during the event will get their name entered into a draw for one of the many prizes available.

For more than 65 years, fire fighters have been supporting Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Canadians impacted by neuromuscular disorders.

LePage says it is a longstanding tradition that both fire fighters and MDC are extremely proud of.

“Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, fire fighters had to cancel many of their in-person Fill the Boot events, but the needs of those impacted by neuromuscular disorders cannot be cancelled,” said LePage in a media release about the event.

“Each year we are absolutely blown away by the support of our community,” said LePage.

“Whether it be our annual boot drive or the Firefighter Games, we at the RVFD are so grateful to have a strong community there with us supporting Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

“This year has been unique, to say the least, with having to cancel the fore mentioned events. The Rooftop Campout is something we can do while following all COVID health and safety protocols, so we decided to do our best to make a difference for those affected by a neuromuscular disorder.”

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Betsy Kline

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After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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