The five firefighters who have been camping on top of the Osborne Village Fire Hall for Muscular Dystrophy Canada since Tuesday have experienced a "kaleidoscope of weather conditions."

When they set up for the seventh-annual Fire Fighter Rooftop Campout for Muscular Dystrophy Canada last Friday, Winnipeg had a high of 9 C. 

"You might as well have had your lounge chairs set up on the roof here. It was a beautiful afternoon," said Derek Balcaen, who helped organize the event. 

Fire Fighter Rooftop Campout tent

The tent on top of the Osborne Village Fire Hall. (Derek Balcaen/United Firefighters of Winnipeg)

"Compare that to Tuesday morning when we had our media launch where it was that crazy downpour to this morning when we wake up and we've had whatever it was, almost 10 centimetres [of snow]

on the tent."

Rooftop campout donation

A volunteer collects a donation from a boot. (Derek Balcaen/United Firefighters of Winnipeg)

Volunteers will be collecting donations in a boot on Osborne Street and Stradbrook Avenue, and Confusion Corner. People can also go to the hall, ring the bell and another boot will be lowered from the roof, into which they can put their donations.

Balcaen said last year's fundraiser raised more than  $70,000. 

"It's really our Super Bowl of the fundraising season," he said.

"Just like most projects or most calls or fires we get called to, we don't leave until the job is done so we'll be with Muscular Dystrophy until we can find a cure."

The fundraiser ends Friday. 

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