At the Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) Recognition Banquet in Vancouver Saturday (left to right): Harley Davidson of Smithers owner and Smithers firefighter Stephen Graf

Smithers receives multiple awards from Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Harley Davidson of Smithers and Smithers Fire Rescue were awarded by Muscular Dystrophy Canada for their fundraising efforts.

It was a big night for some very charitable Smithereens in Richmond last Saturday.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada recognized the fundraising efforts of the people from Harley Davidson of Smithers and Smithers Fire Rescue at its Fire Fighter and Muscular Dystrophy Canada Awards and Recognition Banquet Oct. 15.

Harley Davidson and its owner Stephan Graph, a 29-year veteran of the Smithers fire department, accepted the 2016 BC/Yukon Dr. David Green Corporate Partner of the Year Award, as well as the 2015/16 Top Single Department Event Award.

Smithers Fire Rescue took home the 2015/16 Top Single Department Event for its work and the support it received with the Smithers Harley raffle, which raised $40,667. The ticket sale and fundraising goal is even higher for 2016/17.

The Smithers Harley raffle started in 1992/93. That year it raised over $16,000 and sold out six weeks early. This year was the 25th year, with over $630,000 by the raffle alone.

The raffle is a joint effort by Harley Davidson of Smithers, Smithers Fire Rescue, and the Northwest Chapter of the Harley Owners Group.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada describes muscular dystrophy as┬áthe name for a group of genetic disorders called “neuromuscular disorders” that are characterized by progressive weakness of the body’s muscles. Some people with muscular dystrophy may lose the ability to walk, speak, and ultimately breathe. For some it is fatal and there is currently no cure.

Fire Fighters have been partnered with Muscular Dystrophy Canada for over 60 years. They are the organization’s strongest and longest standing supporters, and raise approximately $3 Million for Muscular Dystrophy Canada every year across the country. The money raised will help people affected by muscular dystrophy by purchasing essential medical and mobility equipment, provide support services, and fund leading research towards a cure.