The winner of the IAFF “Best Pink T-shirt for Breast Cancer Awareness” design contest is Mississauga, ON Local 1212, with 2,103 votes.
President of Local 1212 Chris Varcoe says he couldn’t be prouder that his local is the winner. “The pink T-shirts are an excellent way for our members to show support for a worthy cause,” he says. “We are in the public eye and it gives us an opportunity to raise awareness.”
“IAFF members have embraced this cause because we are dedicated to saving lives, whether it’s responding to an emergency or raising awareness about breast cancer,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “On behalf of the entire IAFF, thank you for your participation and congratulations.”
Local 1212 members wore the pink T-shirts for one week in October. The final amount raised is still being tabulated, but Varcoe expects to exceed $5,000. Next year, he wants to expand the pink campaign to include more city employees. The mayor and the city fully support the effort.
IAFF 13th District Vice President Fred LeBlanc says, “It is terrific that the IAFF is raising awareness for breast cancer. The pink T-shirt contest is a fun and good way to encourage competition among affiliates to raise awareness for cancer – a disease that affects too many fire fighters.”
The winning local receives a free registration to the upcoming Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Summit (ALTS) January 21-23, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona, or the IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium/Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference in August 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
The IAFF received 126 entries from affiliates throughout the United States and Canada. Runners up include Toronto, ON Local 3888 (1,901 votes) and Canyon Lake, TX Local 4713 (1,017 votes).
Throughout October, IAFF affiliates participated in Breast Cancer Awareness Month events and activities, wearing pink T-shirts as part of their efforts to fundraise for national and local cancer organizations across North America.
Visit our photo gallery showcasing IAFF affiliates’ efforts to promote breast cancer awareness.