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Penticton firefighters brave the elements for charity

Penticton firefighters will battle the elements in their latest fundraiser and awareness campaign for muscular dystrophy.

A rooftop campout is scheduled for Feb. 28 to March 2, when firefighters will camp on the roof of the Penticton Safeway building in shifts, eating and sleeping on the roof as donations are taken below at the Safeway registers and online. Proceeds go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, an organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders through equipment purchases and support services, as well as research funding.

“We are hoping Mother Nature is good to us, but we are ready for whatever temperatures and inclement weather might be headed our way,” said Ryan Bazley, Penticton Fire Department fundraising co-ordinator. “The Penticton Fire Department is honoured to help raise the profile of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the importance of their work.”

The campaign goal is to raise $10,000, and donors can contribute in person at Safeway or online at http://muscle.akaraisin.com/Donation/Event/Home.aspx?seid=6357&mid=8. Penticton firefighters have received several donations already from area businesses in support of the campaign: items such as camping equipment, promotional signage and financial contributions as well. The camp out will also be broadcast live by 97.1 Sun FM and 800 AM EZ Rock.

Penticton has been recognized as the 2012 Dr. David Greene Award Fire Department of the Year by Muscular Dystrophy Canada, for its efforts in raising funds and awareness for the non-profit organization.

The Penticton Fire Department was selected for continually going above and beyond to support the South Okanagan chapter and the community. Local firefighters raised more than $5,000 in the 2012 campaign, but also spent considerable amount of time volunteering to create awareness of muscular dystrophy.

 

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