At the beginning of March, Nelson Fire Fighters camped out on a Canada Safeway rooftop for 36 hours and raised $6,700 in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
A rooftop campout is a fundraising event where local fire fighters camp on the roof of a building, enduring below freezing temperatures, inclement weather, and whatever else nature throws their way, and collect donations from the public.
Sponsors for this year’s event were: 103.5 FM the Bridge, Canada Safeway, Georama Growers, Selkirk Paving, Nelson Chrysler, Nelson Ready-Mix, Nelson & District Credit Union, Prestige Lakeside Resort, Nelson Ford, Maglio Building Centre, Home Hardware, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, and Nelson Road Kings.
For 60 years, Canadian fire fighters have been helping Muscular Dystrophy Canada fight the battle against muscular dystrophy — a group of over 150 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.
The money raised by Nelson Fire Fighters will be donated to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders, including the seven local residents, by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services, and funding research towards a cure.