Last Saturday, March 23, Robson Fire Fighters held out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. It was the Sixth Annual Boot Drive and the bar was set high from previous years. The first year brought in $6,200, the second $6,400, then $6,600, then $,6,800 and last year a whopping $7,309. Well the community of Robson and area stepped up at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas on Broadwater Road and raised an amazing $8,270!
Since 1954, Canadian Fire Fighters have been helping Muscular Dystrophy Canada fight the battle against muscular dystrophy—a group of over 100 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 Robson Fire Fighters will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to support their mission of enhancing the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure.
“We’re absolutely blown away by the generosity of the community of Robson and all those that came out to help us raise funds for this very worthy cause. Huge thanks to Johnny’s Grocery & Gas as they step up big time to help us execute this event. With the tremendous success each of the past five years we we’re just hoping to at least surpass our lowest year. I’m still in a bit of shock by the total of $8,270,” says Dustin LePage, MD Canada Chair and Captain with RVFD.
“In addition to success of the Boot Drive, I recently received a call from Muscular Dystrophy Canada informing me that of 140 halls nominated, Robson Volunteer Fire Department is being awarded “Fire Department of the Year” Award. The top three candidates were Surrey, Langley and Robson, so to receive this award is a huge honour and something our entire hall is very proud of,” says Chief Jeff Grant, RVFD.
It takes a Fire Fighter 56 muscles to put on a boot; it takes YOU to help fill it. By dropping your extra change into the boot, you are helping make muscles move in your community – THANK YOU for supporting your local Fire Fighters in the battle against Muscular Dystrophy!