Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters raise moustache cash

Firefighters support Movember Canada through T-shirt sale fundraiser

When Nanaimo firefighters weren’t busy battling blazes this month, they participated in a fundraiser that really tends to grow on you.

Throughout November firefighters raised $2,770 for Movember Canada, a charitable organization that raises money to fight prostate cancer and supports other men’s health initiatives, by selling Nanaimo Professional Firefighters Charitable Society T-shirts.

“What we did is have these T-shirts made up by a local company and made them available for our members to purchase,” said Lieut. Orphée Bernard with Nanaimo Fire Rescue. “We ended up selling 66 T-shirts.”

The donated profits from the T-shirt sales were matched by Nanaimo Professional Firefighters Charitable Society and a donation from Nanaimo Professional Firefighters Association Local 905 social fund.

Bernard said Katrina Hawkins of E-Zone Embroidery supplied the shirts at cost and heavily discounted her design and embroidery work.

“She does all our union T-shirts and that stuff,” Bernard said. “She’s always been really good with us too. Very generous.”

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