Local firefighters fundraise for a good cause

  • Mar. 25, 2015 3:14 p.m.

Local firefighters are gearing up to brave the elements as they camp out on top of Fire Station #2 at 5839 67th St. to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Four Red Deer firefighters will head up on the roof starting at noon on March 28th and descend at noon on March 31st. The goal is to raise $15,000.

Funds raised will be used to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services and funding research.

Red Deer firefighter Dan Henschel will be participating in the fundraiser. “We encourage people to come out when we’re there and make a donation. We’ll have a boot that we’ll throw down off the roof if people want to make a donation and then we’ll haul it up,” he said.

There will also be two boot drives that will take place to allow Red Deerians to make a curbside donation from noon until 3 p.m. on March 28th and March 29th in front of the fire station on 67th St.

“We encourage people to come out and support our group. We are volunteering our time and trying to raise awareness for a really great charity,” said Henschel. “If we blow our goal out of the water, even better.”

Firefighters have been big supporters of raising awareness and funding research for muscular dystrophy since the 1950s. That support began after a family who was affected by muscular dystrophy needed some equipment and went to their local fire station in the United States. The family asked if the firefighters could help raise some money to get the equipment they needed.

The fire station held a boot drive and they made enough money to get the medical equipment the family needed. A few years later the International Association of Firefighters adopted muscular dystrophy as their charity of choice.

Meanwhile, Henschel added he is looking forward to the fundraising event.

“I think the four of us are pretty optimistic that we’re going to have some nice weather and hopefully it will be relaxing sitting up there for four days.”

For more information, including a link to donate online, check out ‘Red Deer Firefighters’ on facebook.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Central Alberta Theatre is gearing up to present Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s)

Opening night is April 20th with shows running through to May 5th.

Burman U prof publishes international development book

The Development Trap: How Thinking Big Fails the Poor looks to challenge perceptions

WATCH: Check out this week’s What’s Up Wednesday

A weekly recap of the week in news

WATCH: Red Deerian receives award for aiding RCMP officer in arrest

Lonnie Amundson, rugby player, tackled a fleeing suspect to help ailing officer

Man threatens to kill partner, kids, dog

This is a very serious offence: Judge

WATCH: Red Deer’s latest ‘Ghost’ statue unveiled at Servus Arena

‘The Face-off’ is the 11th ‘Ghost’ in the notable bronze series

Black Press Media acquires two new Alaska newspapers

New Media Investment Group to acquire the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal while Black Press Media takes on daily newspapers in Juneau and Kenai Alaska

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks, becoming viral video

Did a Canadian shoot down the Red Baron? A century later, debate hasn’t quit

Om April 21, 1918 two Canadians in their canvas-covered Sopwith Camel biplanes engaged the enemy

VIDEO: Canadian teen lands invite to Royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have invited Faith Dickinson, founder of Cuddles for Cancer

Ponoka County worries about Prussian carp in Gull Lake

Alberta Environment delays pumping due to at least 1,000 carp found near the pump channel inlet

Health committee cheers idea of national pharmacare program, but cost an issue

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says she fears costs could be far higher than $19 billion

Canada’s oldest blood donor says it’s all gain, no pain after decades of giving

Great-grandmother and Coquitlam, B.C., resident has been donating blood since the late 1940s

Most Read