Over 100 firefighters, 25 fire departments, two days and one objective – raise funds and awareness for muscular dystrophy.
That was a success as there was over $10,000 raised on Thursday and Saturday during the annual Easter Boot Drive in Pictou County. The final count was not in, but even with their running total the organizers were pleased with the 19th annual event.
“I’m really amazed,” said co-organizer Kenny Arsenault. “It was one of the best ones we ever had. To tell you truth we don’t know (why it was one of the best ones). We’re just amazed at how many came out to put money in our boots.”
Arsenault admitted the weather played a part in the success of the event that has helped the association raise over $250,000 in support of those with muscular dystrophy over the last 19 years. Some of those total funds raised came from other boot drives and various other fundraisers.
“It’s (the reception) because we have a lot of clients in Pictou County that rely on the support,” he said. “I am also the father of a little guy (Daniel) who has muscular dystrophy. I’m the only firefighter in Pictou County with a child affected by muscular dystrophy.”
He added that although that is the case, many firefighters know someone that is affected by muscular dystrophy. Even those that don’t are still passionate about the cause.
The boot drive is roughly the same event each year now, but there are always new firefighters getting involved according to Arsenault, who is also the Muscular Dystrophy Canada firefighter advisor for northern Nova Scotia.
“When people saw us out they said it was good to see us back again this year,” he said. “It’s good to see all of the firefighters out to collect for a good cause.”
All of the funds raised during the boot drive stay within Pictou County according to Arsenault.
He said those funds are used for purchasing mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs or walkers, beds, ramps for houses or anything that a client might need to help with their muscular dystrophy.
Arsenault added that the Pictou County Firefighters Association would like to give a big thank you to everyone in the county for coming out to support a worthy cause again this year.
The final fundraising tally will be updated to ngnews.ca when it becomes available.