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Firefighters going to new heights

Penticton Fire Department firefighters are looking to take fundraising for muscular dystrophy to new heights this year.

The Firefighter Rooftop Campout returns and is scheduled for Feb. 20 to 22, when firefighters will camp on the roof of the Penticton Safeway building at 1301 Main St. in shifts, eating and sleeping on the roof as donations are taken below at the Safeway registers and online.

Several businesses in the community have contributed to ensure the fundraiser is a success.

Proceeds go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, an organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders through equipment purchases and support services, as well as research funding.

“Last year the community was very generous to the Firefighter Rooftop Campout campaign, and we’re hoping their support will continue this year,” said Ryan Bazley, Penticton Firefighters fundraising co-ordinator.

“We are proud to support Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the important work they do. No matter the temperature, a few nights spent on the roof of Safeway is nothing in comparison to what people with neuromuscular disorders endure.”

The campaign goal is to raise $10,000, and donors can contribute in person at Safeway or online.

Last year, the rooftop campout raised more than $16,000 for the cause.

This year, participants can purchase raffle tickets to win a private dinner for four people at Bogner's in Penticton, served by off-duty firefighters.

Transportation is provided to and from dinner. Tickets are $20 and available at Scotiabank, Safeway, Morpheus Graphics and Penticton Appliance. Winners will be drawn on Feb. 2

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