Published on August 24, 2013
Charlottetown firefighters Spencer Waite and Allan Tilley celebrate a successful fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society at the Allen Street Sobeys. Along with numerous activities for kids, part of the fundraiser saw firefighters raised 100 feet in the air for more than 30 hours. Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Published on August 24, 2013
Seven-year-old Mason Rogers gets some tips from Charlottetown Islanders Jack Nevins and Zach Beaton during a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society at the Allen Street Sobeys. Those tips will come in handy when the Cornwall resident begins playing ice hockey this fall.
Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Members of the Charlottetown fire department spent their Friday and Saturday fundraising for cancer instead of fighting fires.
The scene at Sobeys on Allen Street was complete with the new $1.1 million dollar fire truck, the first with an aerial platform on P.E.I.
The platform can be raised 30 meters into the air and it was well on display Saturday.
Firefighters were hoisted in the air taking turns being high up for 30 hours as part of the department’s fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“It’s a nice view up there, I’ve never been up in a bucket the other ones just had a stick,” said fire chief Greg Shaw who spent some time 30 meters in the air.
He said having this fire truck will benefit Charlottetown.
“It makes everything better, the city is growing at a very good pace. It has good value because it is going to be around for 30 years. It has a foam system for tank farms and the biggest pump in Charlottetown.”
The Charlottetown Fire Department surpassed their goal of raising $5,000 during the two-day event.
“Firefighters are more at risk to developing cancer so it is great to be able to help out this cause, we have fighters in Charlottetown and in P.E.I. that have been affected so it is special to be able to help out a support agency like the Cancer Society,” said city fire inspector Winston Bryan.
On Friday they hosted a fire truck pull featuring the UPEI men’s hockey Panthers, Peakes Quay and different emergency response teams.
Peakes Quay did the 50-foot fire pull in the quickest time stopping the clock at 31.2 seconds and Peakes Quay owner John Likely donated $10 a foot equaling $500.
They also hosted a jail where Charlottetown mayor Clifford Lee bought himself out of jail after council members locked him up.
A big donation of over $800 was raised on Saturday when firefighter Bob Chandler received a fresh new haircut, Chandler now supports a curly black haired mohawk.
Members of the Charlottetown Islanders were on hand Saturday playing hockey with children and even some elders.
“It’s an honour to help out and play with these kids and have a good time. It’s cool to get out here because I’m from here, when people come up and try and talk to you,” said Charlottetown native and Islanders hopeful Zach Beaton. “I feel special, I don't want to take anything for granted. It feels great to have all these people here and have the community backing you up, sometimes they might have a little bit more support because they usually back the hometown kid.”
Forward Jack Nevins is spending his second year in Charlottetown after playing in 51 games with the Rocket last year, he said it is always great to get out in Charlottetown.
“It’s always good to help out for a good cause like this and meet with the kids and locals. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by it to give back it feels good.”