“Get the Newf off the Roof” fundraiser in Chetwynd surpasses $10,000 mark

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CHETWYND, B.C. — A Surerus-Murphy employee who has been camped out in a tent on the roof of the Peace FM studios since Wednesday morning is nearly halfway to meeting his fundraising goal.

Derek Pickford, who works in Surerus-Murphy’s Public Relations department, launched the “Get the Newf Off the Roof” fundraiser on Wednesday morning with the goal of raising $25,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation and area non-profits. Pickford, who did a similar fundraiser for cancer research while working for Canada Post ten years ago, will be camping on the roof of the Peace FM studios in Chetwynd until the $25,000 goal has been met.

As of Friday morning, the fundraiser has brought in just over $10,000 directly, while a separate GoFundMe campaign has raised an additional $2,050. Pickford says that he’s happy to have nearly gotten to the halfway mark, and despite having to sleep in a tent in temperatures close to -40 degrees, he says the worst weather is nearly behind him as temperatures are forecast to rise by Saturday.

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Those who wish to help Pickford escape the tent can donate by calling Pickford at 780-868-7488. Anyone who donates money will have their name entered into a draw to win prizes, with a draw for every $5,000 raised.

For more information, call Derek Pickford at (780) 868-7488 or Peace FM General Manager Leo Sabulsky at (250) 788-6344.

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