Fire teams’ Sky Tower chal­lenge a tall or­der

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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