With boots in hand members of the Penticton Fire Fighters Local 1399 raised over $4,000 during Saturday’s annual Fill the Boot campaign.
They collected the money which will go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada at a number of locations over a four-hour period.
Firefighters are the organization’s strongest and longest standing supporters, and raise approximately $3 million for Muscular Dystrophy Canada every year across the country.
“We would like to thank the members of the community for their support as well as the local Safeway and Walmart locations,” said union spokesman Ryan Bazley. “Also thank you to the community of Penticton for their generosity and for helping make muscles move.”
The money raised by local firefighters will be donated to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders.
For 63 years, Canadian firefighters have been helping fight the battle against muscular dystrophy—a group of over 160 types of neuromuscular disorders characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles.
Over time, many people with neuromuscular disorders are unable to walk, speak, or ultimately breathe. Some disorders are life-threatening and presently, there is no cure.
There are approximately 160 persons living with a neuromuscular disorder in the Okanagan Region including 25 local residents in the Penticton community.
The money raised will help people affected by muscular dystrophy by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services, and funding research towards a cure.