7th Annual Rooftop Campout Raises Over $40,000

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7th Annual Rooftop Campout Raises Over $40,000

Five Fort McMurray Fighters are grounded once more after taking part in the 7th annual Rooftop Campout.

The annual rooftop campout, is one of the firefighter charities biggest fundraisers of the year, with all money raised going towards five local social profits.

The original campout was set for April, but due to the passing of a member of the department – it was pushed to May.

This year, despite camping for only 75 hours, as opposed to the usual 100 – the firefighters were able to raise over $40,000 for five local social profits.

Charity Committee member Scott Germain tells Fort McMurray News the warm weather also added a new dynamic to the campout.

There was no shade up there so I guess the weather almost hit us in a funny way. With colder weather, you can put on warmer clothes and deal with it. When it’s too hot and there is no shade – you really couldn’t deal with it. That’s one thing that kind of threw us through a loop there.”

Because of the delay of the event – firefighters may have found a unique way to commemorate the greatest disaster in Fort McMurray history.

This year’s campout also fell on the anniversary of the Horse River Wildfire – something Germain says they’d like to make into a tradition.

“I think the fact we’re up there during May 3, it kind of gives the community a chance to come together and talk to us and ask us questions up there. So, I think in future, going forward we might look at that date as a permanent spot for this campout.”

The 2018 total fell just shy of last year’s near $47,000 despite the event being shortened by 25 hours.

The five organizations receiving the funds include Waypoints, the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club, the Centre of Hope and Fort McMurray SPCA.
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