Paramedics climb stairs to MS suc­cess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THREE St John paramedics climbed more than 1000 steps to raise funds for West Aus­tralians liv­ing with mul­ti­ple sclero­sis (MS).

Bel­mont-based am­bu­lance of­fi­cers Adam O’Byrne, Joel Moore and An­drew Read­head teamed up to chal­lenge them­selves in the Step Up for MS event on May 1.

Mr O’Bryne said St John put its pro­fes­sional pride on the line in com­pet­ing against a Depart­ment of Fire Emer­gency Ser­vices (DFES) team to climb to the top of the 53-storey Cen­tral Park build­ing.

“DFES have been in­volved with this event for a long time, so we wanted to give them a run for their money,” Mr O’Bryne said.

“We now com­pete un­der the ‘pro­tec­tive ser­vices chal­lenge’ which is a great ini­tia­tive.”

The St John’s team proved very com­pet­i­tive and Mr O’Bryne said the trio man­aged to pass a num­ber of teams, in­clud­ing some fire­fight­ers, on the stairs.

“The chal­lenge was made all that harder by the guys opt­ing to do the Step Up for MS in full uni­form and oxy­gen re­sponse back­packs, lum­ber­ing them with an ex­tra 20kg,” he said.

“We com­pleted the stair climb in just un­der 15 min­utes, mak­ing the view very worth­while but we were thank­ful for the lift ride back to ground level.”

Mr O’Bryne said he hoped to raise $1000 for char­ity.

Do­nate at www.stepup­

Joel Moore, An­drew Read­head and Adam O’Byrne took part in the re­cent Step up for MS in full equip­ment re­galia and did their unit proud.

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