Edmonton man sleeping in homemade igloo to raise money for MS research – Edmonton
An Edmonton man has turned his labor of love into a fundraising effort for multiple sclerosis research.
Tyler Gamblin started building an igloo earlier this winter in front of his Laurier neighborhood home. Although he can’t say how many hours it took to build, he spent every morning, evening and weekend after work carefully putting it together, block by block.
As he built the ice structure, several of his neighbors commented on the “labor of love”, which gave Gamblin an idea.
“My neighbors were like ‘Oh, this is such a labor of love’ because they saw me here every day. So I thought we could dedicate it to a good cause and call it the ‘work for love”.
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This sparked the idea of a camp. Starting Sunday, Gamblin will spend three nights sleeping in the igloo, raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Specifically, all money raised will go to Team Rehab, Gamblin’s team for the MS Bike Tour.
Edmonton man sleeps in homemade igloo to raise money for MS research
His goal was to raise $10,000, but he thinks that number will be exceeded by Sunday evening.
“So far the response has been very good. I was just telling people that I needed an agent because everyone is really interested in it, come and enjoy it, drop off donations,” he said. -he declares.
“The more the merrier now. He did what we thought he would do.
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Gamblin has been riding the Leduc to Camrose bike tour for five years. While MS was already in her family, this year the journey became more personal again.
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“It seems like there’s someone every year that joins the team, or is part of our team who gets diagnosed – one of our teammates (was diagnosed) this year,” he said. -he declares. “The one thing about MS is that it affects so many people.
“Let’s hope that one day we can find a cure.”
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Gamblin had originally planned to make camp later this week, but with the warm weather wanted to make sure he could make it before the elements got too hard on the igloo.
Although Sunday’s rain was not good for the structure, Gamblin said it would hold up.
“We’re going to do it and it will slowly start to fade, but I think it will last longer than I think,” he said. “It’s still solid. I can hope for more with no problem.
Gamblin is not afraid of being cold. He said that a mat, a good sleeping bag and closing the door would be enough to keep him warm. In fact, he was hoping for colder weather.
“I was lucky, it’s warmer. I wish it had been colder so I could wrestle with those struggling with MS.
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People are welcome to come visit Gamblin at his home at 14508 – 86 Ave. People who stop by are encouraged to take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtag #labourforlove.
Donations to Gamblin’s fundraiser can be made online. This year, the Vélotour SP is scheduled for July.
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