Not only do they put out fires and pull people from burning buildings, they also give back to the community.
The Prince Albert Fire Department wrapped up their breast cancer awareness campaign this week that was held during the month of October, which raised about $1,600.
“This is the first time we have ever done the breast cancer awareness fund,” said Adam Dziadyk, a member of PAFD’s charity committee. “We are trying to donate to certain organizations and spread it around a bit.”
Before the breast cancer awareness campaign, the firefighters tackled muscular dystrophy. After the success of that campaign, they were looking for a new project in the community.
“We try to tackle all kinds of diseases out there and try to spread around and help out each person and different causes,” Dziadyk said. “Since October has already been labeled as breast cancer awareness month, we thought it was a good idea to get involved.”
They also feel it is a disease that affects a lot of people.
“Basically, I’d say a good chunk of people know someone or have someone in their family that has been effected by breast cancer in their family,” Dziadyk said.
For the month of October, the firefighters wrapped two of their trucks in pink vehicle wrap and put on decals with information about breast cancer awareness.
“We feel like it got the attention of everyone because every red light we stopped at people would stop and look at the trucks,” Dziadyk said. “We feel like it was well worth the effort of doing this breast cancer awareness month.”
They also had a draw for two Prince Albert Raiders’ jerseys, a pink firefighters helmet and some firefighting portraits.
“We are just trying to get out into the community as much as we can and we feel like it went really well,” Dziadyk said. “We sold tickets at the Prince Albert Raiders game and we made just over $1,600. We feel it went pretty good for the first time raising money for breast cancer awareness.”
The money raised will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation next week, Dziadyk said.
“Thanks to everyone in the city of P.A. for donating their money through the draw,” Dziadyk said. “We feel like that will help the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation a lot.”
Now that the breast cancer awareness campaign is completed, the charity committee is looking forward to their next project.
“In December we are thinking about doing something regarding drinking and driving around the holiday season,” Dziadyk said. “We are in the early planning stages of that. It is our next objective.”
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