Sit down and watch a movie with Langford firefighters at Ed Fisher Park for a trio of benevolent causes.
Langford Fire Rescue hosts Family Outdoor Movie Night, Aug. 17 with the feature Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Kids games and family activities start at 7 p.m. The film and fun are by donation with proceeds split equally between the department’s fundraising efforts for Muscular Dystrophy, Langford Fire women’s auxiliary and Langford Fire’s Benevolent Fund.
The department has had a benevolent fund for as long as Rob Patterson can recall and he’s been a firefighter in Langford for 18 years.
The fund is available to members of the department who lose a job and need help covering a mortgage payment or fall ill and need some assistance.
The Langford firefighters have about $9,000 and worry there isn’t enough money.
“Other fire departments I’ve talked to have $60,000 in their funds,” said Patterson.
Firefighters often breath in smoke and other carcinogens putting health at risk, said Lance Caven, fire prevention officer. “Our guys are at a high risk of developing cancer and other health problems.”
In the last couple years Langford Fire Rescue has had two members diagnosed with cancer. The fund is also available to firefighters with immediate family members such as children who are ill.
“We are really lucky. They say two out of every five people in Canada will get cancer, and we have over 60 members,” Patterson said. “In the past when a firefighter was diagnosed we started bottle drives and fundraisers, but now we are trying to be proactive.”
When someone uses the fund it is treated as a loan, but the department would like to offer the finical support when needed as a gift.
Langford Fire Rescue presents ***Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark and family games and activities at Ed Fisher Park, 901 Isabell Ave. Showtime is 9 p.m.