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Penticton firefighters readying for annual rooftop fundraiser
Penticton firefighters will be braving the elements for a couple of nights again this year in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
For the second year, crew members will be setting up their campsite on the roof of the Penticton Main Street Canada Safeway store to raise money for their charity of choice.
The event will take place from Feb. 20 to 22.
“We did so well last year, we just decided to try it again,” said firefighter and organizer Ryan Bazley who was also one of the campers in 2013. “It looks like the weather is going to be good this time. Last year the first day when we went up on the roof it just about snowed on us, it was really windy and chilly but by the Saturday it was really warm.
“But no matter what the temperature, a few nights spent on the roof of Safeway are nothing in comparison to what people with neuromuscular disorders endure.”
The festivities kicks off at noon with a welcoming address, cake cutting and then the members will ascend the ladder to their home for the next two nights.
Firefighters will actually be rotating their stays in shifts.
“It was a lot of fun last year and we raised $16,000, so the support from the public was overwhelming,” said Bazley. “I’m not going on the roof this year but I’m sure looking forward to watching it.”
People will have an opportunity to donate online or in the grocery store.
This year’s goal is $10,000.
The Scotiabank barbecue will be on site for the three days and will be matching the food donation dollars, which last year wound up being $5,000.
As well, Scotiabank will be matching the price of any of the raffle tickets it sells for Saturday’s draw for dinner for four at Bogner’s of Penticton.
“This is really great,” said Bazley. “So the $20 tickets — we are only selling 300 of them — turns into $40 if they are bought at Scotiabank.”
The private dinner will be served by off-duty firefighters who will also provide transportation to and from the restaurant.
The organizer praised the many corporate sponsors of the event again this year, which are providing everything from meals to camping gear.
A number of special activities are planned for the rooftop for the entertainment of those below, including a yoga class for the campers.
Representatives of Muscular Dystrophy Canada from Vancouver and the local chapter will be pitching in to help.
In addition to Scotiabank, tickets for the raffle are available in advance at Safeway, Morpheus Graphics and Penticton Appliance.
During the campout, there will also be regular postings on the firefighter’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PentictonFireFightersCharitableSociety.