Members of the fire halls in Drumheller are heading to the hills to support muscular dystrophy research and programs.
The department is planning to do the Muscular Dystrophy High Rise Challenge On Thursday, October 7. This means trekking up and down the former ski hill twice.
The department is very charity conscious and in the spring did the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge to raise funds for Wellspring Calgary. This challenge is a little different.
“When we do the fill your boots collection at the parade, we donate that money to muscular dystrophy,” said firefighter Mitch Smith. “They had a really hard time this year with COVID and didn’t have as much fundraising going on especially with cancellations of parades and stuff,” he said. “This is a new fundraiser they came up with to try and get some donations in.”
He said there is a group of firefighters taking on the challenge from the Drumheller, Rosedale, and East Coulee Halls. They include Duane Bolin, Jeff Gerlinger, Keith Hodgson, Kenneth Vereschagin, Mitch Smith, Phil Thompson, and Savanna Richardson. So far there are 37 teams and 198 participants across Canada.
The team has set a goal of raising $1,500 and is making good progress. To donate, contact any of the participants or go to www.highrisechallenge.ca, click donate, and search for the Drumheller, Rosedale, and East Coulee Fire’s page