tn IMG 7721The Hamilton Professional Fire Fighter’s Association (HPFFA), Local 288 has partnered with Canadian Blood Services to help ensure that lifesaving blood products are available to hospital patients in need. The HPFFA adopted the Hamilton blood donor clinic and committed to recruit new donors and fill appointments to help collect as many donations as possible over March Break 2019 at the clinic (35 Stone Church Road in Ancaster).

This year, 100,000 new blood donors are needed across Canada to meet patient needs – includingtn IMG 7722 1,200 needed right here in the Hamilton community. We invite Hamilton residents to join us and make an appointment to donate blood. Simply call 1-888-2-DONATE or visit www.blood.ca to make an appointment
You can take part by making an appointment to give life during March Break (March 11-18). Too busy during March Break? No problem!  The Clinic needs donors every other week as well!  And it only takes about an hour of your time.

tn BradIn September of 2019, the Brothers and Sisters of the Hamilton Professional Fire Fighters Association - Local 288, were saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of Brother Brad Phillips.  Brad served with the Hamilton Fire Department for 28 years acting with courage and dedication, receiving the Medal of Ontario Fire Fighter Bravery. His commitment to the HPFFA  and Hamilton community proved lasting and made a difference for those who needed help.  

Brad's wife of 28 years, Antoinette, his daughter, Nicole (Peter Ruoho) and grandaughter Madelyn continued with Brad's commitment to the community and helping those in need by requesting donations to the HPFFA Charity in lieu of flowers following his passing.  Funds raised from that request were donated to the Hamilton General Hosptial Burn Unit on March 13.  Attending the donation presentation were family and friends, who took the time to remember Brad and marvel at the impact he continues to have on all who knew him.  We remember you and miss you, Brother.

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tn IMG 7656Team HPFFA took on the Flamborough Flyers of the Special Olympics Ontario - Dundas division on February 26.  This annual battle of indoor ringette has been going on for over two decades and the Flyers remain unbeaten with a final score of 18-8!  In addition to the fun and excitement of playing against these incredible athletes, the HPFFA Charity was honoured to make a donation to the team to help with their costs.tn IMG 7668

We look forward to playing again in 2020! Good luck with the rest of the season FLYERS!

  Click here for full photo gallery of the Flyers game!

 

tn BRNC0407Under the leadership of retired HPFFA member, Dave Graham, another great soup was cooked up on Monday, February 4th and served at SoupFest on Tuesday, February 5th!  What was the occasion?  It was LivingRock's annual fundraiser "SoupFest" at the Hamilton Convention Centre. Along with the multitude of restaurants who participated and created their own soup concoctions, Dave and his HPFFA sous-chefs, made a Roasted Butternut Squash soup with aged cheddar and cream ale!  tn QIRKE3670

As in previous year, the HPFFA crew also fundraised for LivingRock with a boot drive and were ecstatic to present $1500 to the charity at the end of the event.  Thank you all who donated into the boots.  Every donation helps a youth in need in Hamilton!

Special thanks to Dave Graham and all the members and friends who volunteered for this great cause.

Click here for the complete SoupFest 2019 gallery.

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puckdropOn Saturday, January 26, the Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL hockey team) hosted their 6th Annual First Responders' Appreciation game (against the Mississauga Steelheads).  The action on the ice was incredible and entertaining as the Bulldogs pulled off a 4-3 victory in OT in front of an excited crowd!

Fans were treated to action off the ice as well, with "touch a truck" fire trucks, police vehicles and ambulances.  Dignitaries from Hamilton and Mississauga tn IMG 7372departments were on hand for the festivities, including delivery of the game puck by a Hamilton police dog.

The HPFFA Charity and Community Support team were on hand with a kids fire fighter obstacle course, puzzles and a short fire fighter challenge for the big kids too!  The Bulldogs have always been a generous partner to the HPFFA and allowed the Charity to again conduct a fundraiser boot drive during the game.  This year, fans donated over $2,000 into the fire fighter boots!!  All of those funds will benefit the Hamilton community.

tn IMG 7363Thank you to the Bulldogs for another amazing Appreciation event!  For complete Bulldogs information and upcoming games, please visit the HAMILTON BULLDOGS WEB-SITE

Click here to see the complete HPFFA photo gallery from the Bulldogs game