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Fire Fighters brave the elements for MD

Guelph Rooftop Campout 2016

Guelph Rooftop Campout 2016

Amongst the numerous ways Fire Fighters support Muscular Dystrophy Canada the Rooftop Campouts has become a very popular winter fundraising event.  It’s been over a decade since Rooftop Campouts were introduced in Alberta as another way for Fire Fighters, who have partnered with us since 1954, to challenge their communities to raise awareness and funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.  Rooftop Campouts have expanded nationwide and you can find one in every province throughout Canada.  Fire Fighter participants will endure below freezing temperatures, or opt for blistering summer heat, inclement weather, and whatever else nature throws their way during multi-day Rooftop Campouts.

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Rock on for a cure!

Crew and his painted rocks

Crew and his painted rocks

Ethan (13) and Crew (8) Poirier are no strangers to raising money to support the work of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. They have accompanied the Anderson family to each and every Brandon Walk for Muscular Dystrophy since the Walk started in the community back in 2010. They got involved because of their friend Andrea Anderson who was an inspiration to all that met her. Sadly, as a result of complications with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy, Andrea passed away on April 11, 2015. Ethan and Chase have remained active and involved in honour of their friend Andrea.

The boys have found unique ways to fundraise including hosting an annual Valentines’ Day fundraising party with their grandparents, creating and selling rainbow loom bracelets, preparing and selling sold baked goods at a garage sale, and more. This year, Crew decided that he wanted to raise money for the Walk by selling beautifully painted rocks that he made over the summer – and his contribution helped Team Andrea raise over $1,500. Crew is already planning his rock sales for next summer and plans to expand to create and sell even more rocks!

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Walk4MD 2016 Season Wrap-up

Surrey Walk4MD

Surrey Walk4MD

British Columbia

The Walks for Muscular Dystrophy have been a great success in BC this year. All together they raised over $130,000! In Victoria, Burnaby, Surrey and Nanaimo, as well as Penticton and the Walk for Lysa in Abbotsford, we had record attendance and huge support from the local community. This year new sponsors joined us like Vitalaire and Boehringer Ingelheim in addition we had a huge network of local businesses that provided prizes and in kind gifts. Once again our extended family at Muscular Dystrophy Canada stepped up the plate with teams fundraisings, volunteers coming forward to help, staff going above and beyond – everyone did their part to make this a successful year.

We’d like to send a special thank you to our ambassadors this year, Emily Swain (Victoria), Dale McLeod (Burnaby) Tyler Gallant (Surrey) and Ross Wristen (Nanaimo) – as Ross passed away earlier in the year, the Nanaimo Walk was also a celebration of his life, we’d like to extend thanks to his family and friends for allowing us to share that day with them.

Alberta

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Erin and her Squad

Alberta had a record breaking year, with many of their events reaching and exceeding goals. The star in Alberta this year was the Calgary Walk. Calgary doubled their goal and raised almost $120,000, with the help of the top team, Erin’s squad, who raised an incredible $71,000! Another Calgary shout out goes to Ken Carlson, the top fundraiser across Canada,  who single handedly raised over $56,000 for the Walk4MD.

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Events to boost your #Walk4MD Fundraising

15608210161_e7fc3270ff_kFundraising for your #Walk4MD team can be daunting. It can also be tiresome if you’ve done it for many Walk seasons. Third-party events are a great way to engage your potential supporters including family, friends, and co-workers who will then hopefully contribute to your goal!

There are the simple events – a bake sale, a shoe campaign, garage sale. Then there are the larger events where you can work with a restaurant or a store. Many companies have programs dedicated to helping out with third-party ‘Special Events’. You can approach the business and ask if they do third-party events, what they offer if they do, and what your cause/reason for the event is. If you need help along the way, contact us!

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Tips for creating a team for the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy

  1. 1297609391691_ORIGINALFind your local event! Visit the Walk for Muscular Dystrophy Website and find the location and date of the event nearest to you.
  2. Create your team! Start by downloading the Team Captain Toolkit. It contains information about registering your team, setting up your team page and recruiting new members.
  3. Next, plan your fundraising! Use the Fundraising Checklist to help ensure your fundraising activities are organized and effective. (more…)
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