Stair climbing firefighters bag a record-breaking funds haul
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.
Puffed out: Firefighters Josh Harrison and Paul Gerritsen take a break after racing up 51 storeys of the Sky Tower.