It only took six hours for members of the Prince Albert Fire Department to raise $4,813 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Members of the Prince Albert Fire Department collect donations for Muscular Dystrophy Canada outside of Canadian Tire on Saturday.
With Canadian Tire’s Malcolm Jenkins matching this figure, the total amount raised on Saturday was $9,626.
“It’s actually more than what we expected,” Prince Albert Firefighters Charity Fund chair Cole Tait said on Sunday.
“We were really only there for six hours, and it only goes to show how much the community and everyone cares about donating and making causes like this to happen.”
During their six hours outside of Canadian Tire, approximately every third person walking into the store was seen taking a moment to reach into their pocket for a donation.
“We really want to make sure that Mr. Jenkins knows how much the Prince Albert Firefighters Charity Fund appreciates us using his facility and his contributions to (muscular dystrophy),” Tait said. “It really means a lot to the association and the charity.”
For the balance of September, fundraiser stations have been set up at My Place Restaurant, Darcy’s Golf Shop, Sportchek and Pricebreakers.
We were really only there for six hours, and it only goes to show how much the community and everyone cares about donating and making causes like this to happen. Cole Tait, Prince Albert Firefighters Charity Fund chair
In keeping with the fundraisers’ “Fill the Boot” theme, each of these locations has a firefighter boot people are encouraged to drop donations in.
During tonight’s (Monday’s) city council meeting, members of the Prince Albert Fire Department plan on meeting with the city’s elected officials to discuss plans for their October Breast Cancer Month fundraising plans.
According to correspondence the department has sent to city council, about 23,800 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 5,000 women will die as a result of it. During his time frame, 200 men will be diagnosed and 60 will die.
The Daily Herald will follow up on the department’s breast cancer efforts as October nears.