Friday, July 11, 2008

July is "Firefighter Appreciation Month"

From the City of Raleigh eNewsgram:

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will proclaim the month of July as “Firefighter Appreciation Month” at a press conference scheduled for Monday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Firefighter Memorial in Nash Square Park.

The conference is hosted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to honor City of Raleigh Firefighters. The event will also kick off the firefighter’s “Fill-The-Boot” campaign to raise funds for MDA. Firefighters across the country have been raising money for the MDA since 1954. The Raleigh Fire Department has hosted the “Fill-The-Boot” campaign for the past 10 years.
Additionally, a quick Google found more info on the success of this event from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance:In recognition of Raleigh firefighters’ dedication to battle against neuromuscular disease, Mayor Meeker will proclaim July “Firefighter Appreciation Month” at the firefighter memorial in Nash Square.

Committed to the eradication of neuromuscular diseases, Raleigh firefighters have been long-time friends and supporters of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fill-the-Boot drives are the primary means by which firefighters have raised over $320 million for MDA since 1953.

Last year, Raleigh firefighters raised over $12,000 in support of MDA. Fill-The-Boot funds support MDA’s services locally and nationally, including medical clinics staffed with specialists in muscle disease and accessible summer camps for kids. Nationwide, firefighters raised $25 million in 2007. The mayor’s proclamation will precede Raleigh’s Fill-The-Boot campaign on July 26, during which 100 of Raleigh’s firefighters will take to the streets for the tenth consecutive year to raise funds for MDA.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributions.
This is one contribution that the "girl who never carries cash" would gladly find some cash for! (As well as Barry's Feed the Firefighters organization... that supports those who are clearly such public servants in all aspects of their jobs.)

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