Burn­ing up to take on Sky­tower climb

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JOHN BOYN­TON

The Waiuku Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade has gone into full train­ing mode.

The brigade will take part in the Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer (LBC) Fire­fighter Sky Tower Chal­lenge this May.

Mem­ber Jim Sned­den - at 75 years old - will be the old­est in the team tak­ing part - with the youngest mem­bers in their mid 20s.

‘‘It’s a big age gap for sure,’’ Sned­den said.

It will be Sned­den’s first time at­tempt­ing the Sky­tower Chal­lenge and he said train­ing had been go­ing well so far.

The brigade meets once a week to train to­gether, has in­di­vid­ual gym ses­sions and a few mem­bers even hit the Hakari­mata Sum­mit steps in Ngaru­awahia.

‘‘It’s a good lot of stairs and that’s the best train­ing at this stage,’’ Sned­don said.

‘‘It’s like an end­less es­ca­la­tor com­ing at you.’’

Sned­den said he wanted to at­tempt the stair climb to chal­lenge him­self and also sup­port LBC.

The team was de­ter­mined to per­form well in the chal­lenge, he said

‘‘I think most of the guys have their per­sonal aims to do bet­ter than they did last year.

‘‘We’ve all had friends who’ve had can­cer, to me it’s just sup­port for them and sup­port for what they need the funds for.’’

Over the com­ing months, the brigade will or­gan­ise a number of fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a bingo night, quiz night and raf­fles.

The team has al­ready tripled their ini­tial fund­ing goal rais­ing $3000 so far, and Sned­den said he was de­ter­mined to train even harder.

‘‘I have to com­plete it now,’’ he said.

LBC is the na­tional char­ity ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.

Ev­ery day six chil­dren and adults in New Zealand are di­ag­nosed with a blood can­cer like leukaemia, lym­phoma and myeloma.

In 2016, $1,161,000 was raised for LBC through the Fire­fighter Sky Tower Stair Chal­lenge.

So far $207,093.24 has been raised in to­tal for this year’s chal- lenge.

To sup­port Waiuku Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade’s fundrais­ing effort visit se­cure.leukaemia.net.nz/ reg­is­trant/TeamFundrais­ingPage.aspx?teamID=96577#&panel1-2

* Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer (LBC) Fire­fighter Sky Tower Chal­lenge, May 13.

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