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.”