Oak Bay Fire Department to Hold Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser

By Michael Dougherty

 

This coming Friday night members of the Oak Bay Fire Department will be sleeping on top of the local Canadian Tire store in St. Stephen, NB to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy. Several members of the fire department will ascend to the top of the building at noon on February 22 and stay there until 6PM the following day, leaving the rooftop only for bathroom and food breaks. 

Additional members of the fire department will be on the ground preparing meals for those on the rooftop as well as collecting donations from the public. Meals for the fire fighters are being provided by local businesses and the Oak Bay Fire Department has issued a challenge to all local businesses and fire departments to follow suit with donations for this worthy cause. Donations can be made in person at the fundraising event, online or by way of check.

“It’s all for a good cause and we have a great department that works together and has a great time,” Fire Prevention Officer Carla Brown said on Monday. “Our goal for this venture is $2000, but whatever we get we will appreciate.”

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of muscle diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system and hamper movement. These conditions can include, but are not limited to, Duchenne, Becker, Myotonic and Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy and are generally inherited. Currently there is no known cure for Muscular Dystrophy.

For more information on Muscular Dystrophy you can contact Shelley McWilliams at 1-800-884-6322 extension 223.

For more information on the Oak Bay Fire Department and their fundraising efforts you can contact Fire Chief James brown (466-8087) or Fire Prevention Officer Carla Brown (466-4502).