Cowichan Bay Fire Fighters are committed to supporting Muscular Dystrophy Canada and continuing to fight until there is a cure. Canadian Fire Fighters have played an integral role for Muscular Dystrophy Canada since 1954, when a group of parents with children who were affected by Muscular Dystrophy approached a Fire Department and requested assistance in raising funds.  With the Fire Fighters leading the way, Muscular Dystrophy Canada conducted the first residential canvass in Toronto, and raised more than $200,000 for research. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) pledged their continuing support “until a cure is found.”

Since that time, Muscular Dystrophy Canada has become a National Organization supported by more than 600 Fire Departments and Associations across Canada, who currently raise over $2.8 million dollars annually – for a total of $64.1 million since 1954.

 

 

 

Cowichan Bay Fire Fighters participate in a number of different fund raising events each year, all dedicated to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. One of these events is the Cowichan Valley Fire Fighters Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The Cowichan Valley Boot Drive has been an annual event since 1986 and has raised over $350,000 in 26 years. This is a true testament to the incredible community support we have in the Cowichan Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

Another major event for our Fire Fighters is being a part of the Mesachie Group. This is a group of 9 Vancouver Island Fire Departments from Mesachie Lake, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Caycuse, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Langford and Ladysmith who have joined forces to host an annual 30 km Walk for Muscular Dystrophy, Golf Tournament, Softball Tournament and Auction that raises an annual average of $30,000 – $40,000.

 

 

 

Not only do our Fire Fighters support Muscular Dystrophy Canada because it is a National Fire Fighters Tradition, but more so because we have a personal connection. Two local Fire Fighters are fathers of young men who have Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Over the last 30 years we have watched these two boys grow into men and surpass any expectations that were originally set out for them. When we go out in December and hold our boots, or walk from Cobble Hill to Mesachie Lake, or get into a bidding war at our annual silent auction for Muscular Dystrophy Canada it is not because some grey haired leather neck Fire Fighter told us we have to, but because we know the need personally. We know how Muscular Dystrophy has affected the lives of these men and their families and we know the true goodness that Muscular Dystrophy Canada does for their clients through equipment funding, research, education and support programs.

 

So to the residence of the Cowichan Valley… THANK YOU for your continued support in our fight against Muscular Dystrophy!

To join us in our Fight to Find a Cure, please make a donation at your local Fire Hall, or online at  

www.muscle.ca