Roughly 20 firefighters took turns sitting atop the roof of Better Than Fred’s over the weekend.
The Grande Prairie Firefighters Charitable Foundation was raising money and awareness for muscular dystrophy.
The foundation reached their fundraising goal of $10,000, which goes to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Roughly $2,500 of that will stay with the local chapter.
“The weather cooperated, and lots of community folks came out,” said Daniel MacLean, Chair of the Grande Prairie Firefighters Charitable Foundation. “This is kind of a little-big city. Smaller city in population, but the amount of fundraising that this community pulls together, it amazes me every time. We proved that once again this weekend.”
He adds about 20 firefighters rotated turns on the roof between noon on Friday and midnight on Sunday.
“A few people were unsure of why we were up there. You’d get the bar crowd out there, they’d be heckling you, and once they found out what you were up there doing they were very generous. And then you’d also get some people who actually had a direct link to muscular dystrophy, whether it be somebody they knew in their family or a co-worker that battles the disease,” MacLean said.
MacLean says it was a fun way to raise awareness and funding for a good cause, and that their foundation will look at doing something similar again down the road.