If the weather outside is frightful – and it most certainly is – then it must be the time of the year when several of St. Albert’s finest firefighters are making sure that their sleeping bags are rated for Alberta winters.
The Rooftop Campout is now less than a month away but the campaign has already begun. They’ve organized a virtual auction, and it’s already underway. Visit www.facebook.com/stalbertfirefighters to check it out and bid. New items will be added weekly. It runs until 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.
That’s one way to draw attention to their efforts. Another much bigger way happens on Monday when the firefighters once again host the Family Day festivities at Lacombe Lake Park.
Their goal this year is to raise $45,000.
“It’s just like any year. We’re always optimistic,” said Jay Howells, firefighter and spokesperson for the eighth annual fundraiser.
Last year, the group netted almost $49,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help support people who have neuromuscular disorders and to further research.
Next Thursday, firefighters will trade their protective gear for waiter garb as they serve restaurant patrons at East Side Mario’s from 5 to 9:30 p.m. All of their tips raised that night will go toward the boot. Diners that evening can also buy $5 tickets to enter to win a gift basket.
On Saturday, Feb. 24, they will also participate in a wheelchair basketball tournament at Sturgeon Heights School at 50 Hogan Road. Game times will be at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The school will be hosting this second annual event with a concession, 50/50 draw, and halftime half-court shot challenge.
They’ll be busy that weekend with their boot drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be taking donations and selling those gift basket tickets at the Inglewood Safeway.
Of course, the big show is from Sunday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 7. The Rooftop Campout will take place on top of Fire Station #2 at 100 Boudreau Road. Howells said it won’t matter what weather Mother Nature will throw at them.
“We can take the cold and everything else.”
A walk in the park
Hope Mission is hosting Cold Hands Warm Hearts, a unity walk to support the homeless in Edmonton and Calgary. The organizers hope to raise $20,000 and the tally was already close to that figure by yesterday.
Registration opens at 4 p.m. with the walk getting underway at 5:15 p.m. It starts and finishes at the mission, located at 9908 106 Ave. in Edmonton. Visit www.hopemission.com to learn more.