Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Firefighter boot drives in support of Muscular Dystrophy

My Becker's Story at a local Firefighter boot drive.
Since 1954 Canadian Firefighters have been involved with Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Across Canada each year Firefighters raise funds to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s effort to enhance the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders. Since 1954 Muscular Dystrophy Canada has become a National Organization supported by more than 600 Fire Departments and Associations across Canada.

Boot Drive
One of their major efforts in raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada is through Boot Drives which take place across Canada every year. You may have seen Firefighter before outside of local shopping centres parking lots asking you to make a small donation to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Along with Boot Drives Each year, Career and Volunteer Fire Fighters give time both during their on and off-duty hours to organize Boot Drives, car washes, pancake breakfasts, magic shows, “Buck For Luck” campaigns, pub crawls, ladder-a-thons, roof-top-campouts, raffles, and sporting events in support of an estimated 50,000 Canadians with neuromuscular disorders. Currently Canadian Firefighters raise over $2.8 million dollars annually which adds up to a total of $64.1 million since 1954. This relationship continues to grow with the assistance of the IAFF, the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC). Fire Fighters also hold key positions on Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Board of Directors. As you can see Canadian Firefighters are committed to raising funds to enhance the lives of those affected by Muscular dystrophy. So the next time you see Firefighters in your area holding a Boot Drive or any other fund raising event consider making a small donation to help Muscular Dystrophy Canada continue their efforts to enhance the lives of those of us living with Muscular Dystrophy. At this time I want to join Muscular Dystrophy Canada in thanking our Firefighters for being our heroes every day, and for making a difference in the lives of the 50,000 Canadians living with neuromuscular disorders.
So the next time you see some of your local Firefighters holding a Boot Drive or any other community event make sure you thank them and support their efforts. And every time you make even a small donation it will change lives.


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