Campout fundraiser campaign goes virtual

Susan Thompson
South Peace News

It’s time once again for firefighters to camp out in the winter cold on the roof of the Peace River Tim Hortons.

Firefighters spend 24 hours on the roof every year to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Muscular dystrophy is a type of genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness over time.

The 600 fire departments which take part in the event raise over $3 million annually in support of much-needed research into treatments and therapies for neuromuscular disorders, as well as programs and services to help their families.

Last year, Peace River firefighters raised $5,689.

Local firefighters have raised a total of $72,200 with the campouts.

The campout will start on Nov. 27 with a virtual kickoff at 6 p.m., and is perhaps one of the few events in 2020 that hasn’t had to change much to ensure plenty of social distancing.

However, since firefighters can’t be out in their communities asking people to donate in person, this year firefighters have created a virtual “Fill the Boot” campaign to gather people’s contributions to this important cause. Team captain for the event is Jonah Kurylowich.

“Donating to our annual Rooftop Campout is a safe way for our community to continue their support of Peace River Fire Fighters and MDC,” writes the Peace River Firefighters Association on their page of the “Fill the Boot” fundraiser website.

“The needs of those impacted by neuromuscular disorders cannot be cancelled as MDC still needs to provide necessary programs and services to those impacted. Please help Peace River Fire Fighters continue this tradition in our ‘new normal’ by making an online donation today.”

To help “Fill the Boot,” visit:
https://muscle.akaraisin.com/ui/virtualfilltheboot/t/PeaceRiver

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