Fire teams’ Sky Tower challenge a tall order
More than 400 people will race to the top of the Sky Tower on Saturday.
The Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge will see 349 firefighters race their way to the top in kits weighing 25kg.
More than 60 New Zealand, Australian and United States brigades will race to better the $94,000 raised last year for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation by running up the 51 flights or 1103 steps of the tower.
Foundation head Pru Etcheverry says the challenge is a fantastic event and each year the enthusiasm of the firefighters amazes her.
“They balance work with months of training and still manage to find time to fundraise for us. “They are true heroes.” Chief executive Nigel Morrison says SkyCity is proud to support the challenge.
“We are privileged to be involved in a large number of events that make a difference and we look forward to welcoming the firefighters to the southern hemisphere’s tallest building.”
The event runs from 7am to 1pm and the public is welcome to attend and cheer on the crews in their bid.