During the Brandon Fire Department’s Rooftop Campout held last March, the Fire Fighters invited the 2012 Brandon Walk Ambassador, Gerald, to attend a fundraising pancake breakfast in the hall that they were camping on. Gerald told the Fire Fighters that he couldn’t get there because his lift had broken and he was essentially stuck in his home. Sheldon (the Fire Fighter advisor in Brandon) called the Holland, Manitoba Fire Department (which is where Gerald lives) and asked them to go and carry Gerald and his power wheelchair out of his house.
While Gerald was at the breakfast, Muscular Dystrophy Canada staff between Manitoba, Edmonton and Vancouver, it was confirmed that the funds from the Rooftop Campout could go to the equipment fund and essentially pay for the repairs to Gerald’s lift. This situation really demonstrated the fellowship and connection between all of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s partners and volunteers. At Brandon Walk on October 6th, Gerald and his family honoured Sheldon and the rest of the Brandon Fire Department with a statue and a short speech about how kind and caring they all are. A very touching moment!
Also during the Brandon Fire Fighter’s Rooftop Campout, little Scotty took a fire boot to school and raised money for the Fire Fighters all on his own (his dad is a fire fighter), and he received an Award for “Excellence in Fundraising”. The family was invited to attend the Brandon Walk just to receive the award, and they fundraised again and gave a donation toward the Walk as well! Such wonderful supporters!