Fighters across Pictou County will hold out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada Thursday to Saturday at various locations.
To show their support for people with neuromuscular disorders, firefighters are organizing a second community boot drive to raise awareness and funds to help "make muscles move." A boot drive is a fundraising event where local firefighters go out into the community and collect donations from the public in their boots.
As with the Easter Boot Drive, the money raised will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to support their mission of enhancing the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by providing ongoing support and resources while searching for a cure through research. Firefighters will be at the Sobeys in Pictou on Thursday evening, at Walmart in New Glasgow on Friday night, and a number of sites on Saturday, including Atlantic Superstore, Walmart, NSLC and Sobeys locations.
For many years, the Pictou County firefighters have been amazing supporters and leaders in raising funds and awareness for the cause, said Shelley McWilliams, revenue development manager, Atlantic Canada.
Since 1954, Canadian firefighters have been helping Muscular Dystrophy Canada the disease – a group of over 150 types of neuromuscular disorders characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles. Over time, many people with neuromuscular disorders are unable to walk, speak, or ultimately breathe. Some diseases are life-threatening and, presently, there is no cure.