Big boot

Kelowna firefighter Steven Meyer, centre, and other members of the department used an eye-catching big boot to solicit donations for a new charity this weekend.

Coins, bills and even some foreign currency were dropped into an oversize firefighter’s boot placed on a waterfront walkway this weekend.

Some off-duty Kelowna firefighters camped on the roof of the yacht club while, down below, their comrades sought donations for a new charity, Dare to Dream.

“I’m hoping we can hit the $7,500 mark. That would be really nice,” firefighter Steven Meyer said.

The firefighters will invite funding applications from members of the community for a variety of family-related causes.

“For example, it could be a family that’s having a tough time who just can’t afford to buy their kid a new bike,” he said. “We’re going to make the application process as open-ended as possible, and we’ll help as many people as we can.”

On Saturday, the firefighters staged a mini-firefighter challenge, with young people invited to participate in an obstacle course wearing kid-sized turnout gear.

For more information, see kelownafirefighters.com.