‘Blood’ staff ready to race to the sky for a good cause
The blood service is entering two teams of five with a combined goal of raising $5000.
Last year’s corporate climb raised more than $63,000.
The stairs of the Sky Tower are only open for special events and at a regular pace it takes about 24 minutes to climb from the underground levels to the main observation level.
Mr Arthur entered the inaugural event last year and clearly remembers the physical strain of climbing 51 storeys.
‘‘It’s hard; it’s your lungs, your arms, your legs. And of course going around and around in the same direction,’’ he says.
‘‘To train we’ve been using any stairs we can find, whether it be at work or at the hospital, anywhere.’’
Georgie Hackett from Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand says it’s good to see so many corporates getting together for the cause.
‘‘It really helps the six Kiwis diagnosed every day with blood cancer or related blood conditions,’’ Ms Hackett says.
The proceeds fund support services to patients and families, produce information and fund research.
It costs $3000 a day to run the services.
‘‘And we recently gave the University of Auckland $1 million to fund a new centre for research into blood cancers,’’ Ms Hackett says.
Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand receives no money from the government and is completely funded by donations, so events like Friday’s stair climb are imperative for its survival.
The corporate event will be followed by the eighth annual Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge on Saturday.
Vertical challenge: Staff from the Epsom-based New Zealand Blood Service, Frank Harris, left, Daymon Shack as the ‘‘Blood Dude’’, Robyn Roberts, Nephi Arthur and Samantha Eaton, will be climbing 51 storeys on May 10.