Lo­cal firies take on Syd­ney stair climb

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

IF YOU spot fire­fight­ers in full kit slog­ging it up and down stairs around Bal­lina, give them a shout of en­cour­age­ment.

Three Bal­lina re­tained firies – Joel Peters, Chris Hack­ett and Glenn Van­der­burg – have signed up to take part in the an­nual Syd­ney Tower stair climb in Oc­to­ber.

The event raises money for re­search into mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease.

The lo­cal firies will have to tackle 1504 steps – that’s 98 floors – in full fire­fight­ing kit with breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, which adds 20kg to their weight.

The lo­cal firies have al­ready been spot­ted train­ing at the Shaws Bay stairs, which is pop­u­lar for those keep­ing fit.

The Syd­ney Tower stair climb is open to all serv­ing fire­fight­ers Aus­tralia-wide.

Or­gan­is­ers have been over­whelmed by nom­i­na­tions and now have a wait­ing list of firies who wish to par­tic­i­pate in the chal­lenge.

So far, the an­nual event has raised $1.3 mil­lion to help 80 re­searchers from Mac­quarie Uni­ver­sity search for a cure to mo­tor neu­rone.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event or to do­nate to Joel, Christo­pher or Glenn, go to firi­esclimb­formnd.org.au

And give them some en­cour­age­ment if you see them in train­ing.

IN TRAIN­ING: Bal­lina fire­fight­ers Christo­pher Hack­ett and Glenn Van­der­burg get ready to tackle the Shaws Bay stairs as they pre­pare for the Syd­ney Tower stair climb in Oc­to­ber.

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