Stair climb­ing fire­fight­ers bag a record-break­ing funds haul

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Around 550 fire­fight­ers climbed the Sky Tower stairs to raise more than $471,000 for Leukemia & Blood Can­cer New Zealand.

The im­pres­sive fig­ure is a new record for the an­nual Fire­fighter Sky Tower Stair Chal­lenge that took place on May 10.

For the chal­lenge fire­fight­ers race up 51 flights, a to­tal of 1103 in­di­vid­ual stairs, wear­ing full fire­fight­ing kit and breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus weigh­ing up to 25kg.

LBC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pru Etchev­erry says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is ‘‘ex­tremely grate­ful’’ for the sup­port from the fire­fight­ers.

‘‘It has been truly amaz­ing to see all the won­der­ful ef­fort fire­fight­ers from across the coun­try have put in on our be­half, and as we pro­vide a national ser­vice the money they have raised will go back into their com­mu­ni­ties.’’

One hun­dred and forty bri­gades and firesta­tions took part in the event, which also had fire­fight­ers from Aus­tralia and the United States tak­ing part.

Josh Har­ri­son from Otara Sta­tion set a new event record reach­ing the top of the tower in 8 min­utes and 37 sec­onds.

The fastest woman up the tower was Sandy Hearn from the Metropoli­tan Fire Bri­gade in Melbourne with a time of 14 min­utes and 12 sec­onds.

The day be­fore the fire­fight­ers’ climb the Cor­po­rate Sky Tower Stair Chal­lenge raised a to­tal of $114,587.

The funds raised go to­wards the LBC’s Sup­port Ser­vices Pro­gramme to pro­vide core ser­vices – pa­tient sup­port, re­search, in­for­ma­tion, ad­vo­cacy and aware­ness.

Ev­ery day six chil­dren and adults in New Zealand are di­ag­nosed with leukaemia, lym­phoma or myeloma.

Photo: FRANCES OLIVER

Puffed out: Fire­fight­ers Josh Har­ri­son and Paul Ger­rit­sen take a break af­ter rac­ing up 51 storeys of the Sky Tower.

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