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Firefighters raise $44.6K for muscular dystrophy

Sudbury Professional Firefighters announced this weekend that they had raised $44,642.94 during this year’s Fill the Boot efforts
Firefighters are seen during this year’s Fill the Boot fundraiser in an image Sudbury Professional Firefighters posted to their Facebook page.

This year’s Fill the Boot fundraising total hit $44,624.94, with all funds raised by Sudbury Professional Firefighters going to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. 

“We work very closely with (Muscular Dystrophy Canada) and this money goes a long way, directly supporting people in our community suffering from muscular dystrophy with equipment, transport, research and much more,” Sudbury Professional Firefighters wrote online.

“You have shown how great and generous this community is and we are humbled by the overwhelming support.”

This year’s event was held in-person, with firefighters banding out throughout the community to seek donations people would often do as the campaign’s name implies and fill a boot with cash.

This was a return to form for the annual event, with the past two years’ events forced online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firefighters from coast to coast have been taking part in Fill the Boot fundraisers in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada for more than 67 years, raising more than $100 million. 

“They have helped purchase wheelchairs, hospital beds, leg braces, walkers, respirators and other life-changing equipment,” according to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

“They have supported advocacy efforts to raise awareness and support positive policy changes and they have invested in research that is helping Canadians live longer with access to treatments and therapies.”

Although this year’s effort has concluded, donations can still be pledged online by clicking here.