New Westminster firefighters volunteer time to raise funds for local charities

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.

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“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.

 

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