Sky’s no limit for brigade

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Ti­tahi Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade found the go­ing tough at the re­cent Sky Tower Chal­lenge, but their col­lec­tive fundrais­ing ef­fort placed them in the top five in the coun­try.

More than 400 par­tic­i­pants from around New Zealand took on the lung­bust­ing chal­lenge on May 21, climb­ing 51 flights of stairs, or 1103 steps, in full gear that in­cludes the fire­fight­ers’ big jacket and 25 kilo­grams of equip­ment.

The event raised more than $170,000 for the Leukaemia & Blood Foun­da­tion, with Ti­tahi Bay’s ef­forts – through spon­sor­ship, do­na­tions and even a car wash – con­tribut­ing $5517.

They were fifth over­all as a brigade, only $18 short of claim­ing top spot. Paul Sete­fano, from the Porirua sta­tion, was the sec­ond high­est in­di­vid­ual fundraiser, with $1961.

In his suit, with breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus on, Kurt Walsh was 121st in the race up the stairs, with a time of 17:33, while Carl Gar­diner made it to the top in 20:53, putting him 158th.

Rob­bie MacI­narlin, who com­peted in the race where breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus wasn’t re­quired, fin­ished in a time of 17:07, which placed him 44th.

In the mas­ters sec­tion (40 to 55-year­sold), Glenn Hen­der­son com­pleted the gru­elling climb in 16:07, for 32nd spot, while Sete­fano fin­ished in 30:50, for 80th place.

Hen­der­son says the sup­port of the ‘‘good folks’’ of Ti­tahi Bay and Porirua, along with Porirua Club and Ti­tahi Bay RSA, made all the time they put in worth­while.

‘‘It was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic to be a part of, well worth the trip to Auck­land.

‘‘We put in a lot of hours but it paid div­i­dends and we were ec­static to fin­ish fifth [fundrais­ing]. We hope it’s go­ing to be a reg­u­lar thing and more mem­bers from the Ti­tahi Bay brigade will do it next year.’’

Tak­ing a breather: Mem­bers of the Ti­tahi Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade try to catch their breath af­ter com­plet­ing the Sky Tower Chal­lenge. From top left, Glenn Hen­der­son, Kurt Walsh, Paul Sete­fano (Porirua), Des Mor­gan (Welling­ton Ru­ral Fire­fight­ers) and in the front row, Carl Gar­diner and Rob­bie MacI­narlin.

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