Thursday marked the kickoff to the annual London Professional Fire Fighters’ 72 Hour Roof Top Camp Out for Muscular Dystrophy.

For the next three days, eight members of the department will be camping on top of the Covent Garden Market.

Captain Tom Nicholson tells AM980 they are hoping a busy weekend at nearby Budweiser Gardens will help them reach this year’s goal of $20,000.

Photo courtesy of the London Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Photo courtesy of the London Professional Fire Fighters Association.

“We raised $14,200 last year and that last year we only had the one London Knights game on the Friday night,” Nicholson explains.

“We have the luxury this year of the Lightning on Saturday and there is another London Knights game on Sunday afternoon. So with those crowds coming in and out we’re hoping to raise our money.”

This is the third year for the Roof Top Camp Out; to date, London’s Fire Department has raised $625,000 for people living with neuro-muscular disorders.

The money raised goes towards research, education, support services, and equipment grants for Canadian families with mobility challenges.

The group of eight will be camping out until Sunday at noon.

via AM980 News Talk Sports