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Cowichan firefighters set to but their boots to MD

Meghan Bailey of Crofton, Chris Irving of Duncan, Mike King of Cowichan Bay and Dave Sim of Maple Bay. - Andrew Leong
Meghan Bailey of Crofton, Chris Irving of Duncan, Mike King of Cowichan Bay and Dave Sim of Maple Bay.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Muscular Dystrophy has enemies.

They are called the firefighters of the Cowichan Valley.

Next weekend volunteers firefighters will be out in full force throughout the valley holding out their boots to collect your donations in the 27th-annual Cowichan Valley Fire Fighters Boot Drive.

"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," Cowichan Bay deputy Fire Chief Cam Ferguson said in a press release. "These funds support research, education, services and equipment. A single power wheelchair can cost between $25,000 and $40,000.

"These funds also have a direct impact on the Cowichan Valley, home to 12 registered clients of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Last year Cowichan Valley firefighters were involved in fundraising campaigns that generated over $60,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, including over $17,000 from our Boot Drive alone."

Look for the firefighters between 5 and  p.m. Nov. 30 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Members from Crofton, Sahtlam, Maple Bay, North Cowichan South End, Duncan, Cowichan Bay and Malahat Fire Departments will be in downtown Crofton, Catalyst Pulp and Paper, Wal-Mart Supercentre, Canadian Tire, Superstore, London Drugs, Valley View Country Grocer, Valley View Liquor Plus, Duncan Safeway, Beverly Corners Thrifty Foods, Beverly Corners Liquor Store, 49th Parallel Grocery Store, Mill Bay Thrifty Foods, Mill Bay Liquor Store and Mill Bay Tim Hortons.

Last year firefighters across Canada raised $2.9 million for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, and $95,680 of that came directly from Central Vancouver Island Firefighters.

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