Community members chipped in to help New West firefighters raise funds for local charities.
The New Westminster Firefighters’ Charitable Society held its annual shred-athon on Saturday, raising money for various local programs and charities.
“It was a really good event,” said New Westminster firefighter Eric Picher. “We are still determining the final dollar count, but it was a huge success. It was great.”
Residents and small businesses dropped off confidential paperwork for shredding, with Shred-it shredding documents on site. Many off-duty firefighters volunteered at the shred-athon and on-duty firefighters also attended between calls.
The June 15 event, held in the Canada Games Pool parking lot next to the Glenbrook fire hall, included a barbecue and entertainment by bands from New Westminster Secondary School. Money raised through the shred-athon helps the charitable society support local causes, including Christmas hamper programs, meal programs at local schools and the pediatric ward at Royal Columbian Hospital.