September 21st, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Since 1954, Fire Fighters have been raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC). Whether they are holding a boot drive, sitting on their ladders or camping out on a rooftop, their dedication and hard work has made a significant impact on the lives of our clients and families. Several years ago, the Canadian Fire Fighter Curling Association (CFFCA) retained a telemarketing company to assist in fundraising for their annual curling event. A portion of the funds raised are donated to MDC We have received several complaints regarding the tone and approach of solicitation calls. We have brought these to the attention of the President of CFFCA. As a beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds, we have addressed our concerns with the CFFCA.
We sincerely apologize to our supporters and other Canadians for any inappropriate fundraising efforts used by the telemarketing company.
We also wish to confirm that MDC does not use telemarketing services.
Should any Canadian have concerns regarding any solicitation on behalf of a charity, they should contact the charity directly.
In closing, we sincerely thank all of our generous supporters for making our work possible.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders by continually working to provide ongoing support and resources while relentlessly searching for a cure through well-funded research. To learn more about Muscular Dystrophy Canada, please visit www.muscle.ca or call our toll-free number at 1-866-MUSCLE-8 (1-866-687-2538).
For further information, images and interviews please contact Barbara Stead-Coyle at Muscular Dystrophy Canada by phone at 902-440-1257.