Members of the Point Roberts volunteer fire department will be rowing for a good cause next week.
Dubbed Operation Frankton, firefighters will have two rowing machines and row non-stop for 24 hours beginning at midnight of Nov. 11 until midnight on Nov. 12 all in an effort to raise money for service men and women suffering with PTSD. The fundraiser will take place at the fire hall (2030 Benson Road) and will stop for two minutes of silence at 11:11 a.m. during the Veterans/Remembrance Day service which will be held at the fire hall.
Firefighter and event spokesperson James Pearson said there will also be additional rowers for members of the public to come and row in solidarity with those service members who struggle with mental health issues.
“The goal of our campaign is to raise between $10,000 and $15,000, which we intend to split evenly between two charities that work closely with those suffering from PTSD and other service related injuries,” he said. “We have chosen the Honour House Society and the Wounded Warrior Project.”
During the 24-hour period, there will also be prizes donated from local businesses, snacks and refreshments as well as representatives from Honour House Society who will be on hand to provide information about their society.
Donations can be made three ways, cash, or cheque made out to the Point Roberts Volunteer Firefighters Charitable Society, or by using their gofundme page and simply search Point Roberts Row. See the link here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/point-roberts-fire-fighters-24-hour-rowathon.
For any further information, contact Pearson via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Point Roberts Fire Department page on Facebook.