Cowichan Valley firefighters gearing up for Boot Drive

This weekend, when there is so much going on, Cowichan Valley firefighters are urging Valley residents to remember their fight against neuromuscular disorders.

On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29, volunteers will once again be continuing their fight with the 29th Annual Cowichan Valley Fire Fighters Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy.

Organizer Cam Ferguson of the Cowichan Bay Fire Department said, "Last year firefighters across Canada raised $3 million for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Funds raised by the Cowichan Valley Firefighters are used to provide support for those living with one of over 150 neuromuscular disorders covered by Muscular Dystrophy Canada. These funds support research, education, services and equipment. A single power wheel chair can cost between $25,000 and $40,000."

Cowichan Valley firefighters are widely known for their support of this fundraising effort.

"These funds also have a direct impact on the Cowichan Valley, which is home to 12 registered clients of Muscular Dystrophy Canada," he said. "The ongoing generous support of the Cowichan Valley residents is directly aiding these individuals. Cowichan Valley firefighters have raised over $370,000 through our Boot Drive alone, and this is due to the great support of our community."

Ferguson urged folks to look for the fundraiser’s volunteers between 5-9 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Members from Crofton, Sahtlam, Cowichan Bay, Duncan, Mill Bay and Malahat Volunteer Fire/Rescue will be out holding their boots at a number of Cowichan Valley locations including downtown Crofton, Catalyst Pulp and Paper, Great Canadian Superstore, Country Grocer Cobble Hill, Liquor Plus Cobble Hill, Save-On-Foods, Beverly Corners and Mill Bay Thrifty Foods, Beverly Corners Liquor Store, 49th Parallel Grocery Store, Mill Bay Co-op and Mill Bay Tim Hortons.

Ferguson thanked the community for their support in the past and in the future.

"Let’s Make Muscles Move," he said.

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