Fire­fighter makes her mark

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Step by step, Jess An­der­son made her mark as an in­valu­able mem­ber of the Ti­tahi Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade.

The 22-year-old was one of the brigade’s youngest mem­bers in the gru­elling Auck­land Sky Tower Chal­lenge in May.

An­der­son climbed 1103 steps while wear­ing 25 kilo­grams of gear to raise $3012 for Leukaemia & Blood Can­cer New Zealand. In to­tal, the Ti­tahi Bay brigade raised $6657.

‘‘It’s a re­ally im­por­tant cause. Be­cause of what I do for a job and what I study, you see how [can­cer] af­fects peo­ple’s lives,’’ An­der­son said.

‘‘I lost my cousin [Ken Cook] two years ago to can­cer, so I was do­ing it in mem­ory of him, too. His wife was wait­ing for me at the top.’’

The para­medic stu­dent, who has been vol­un­teer­ing for the fire ser­vice for 10 months, said she was pleased with her achieve­ment for her first time in the event.

‘‘It was hard work al­right,’’ she said and spoke of do­ing more train­ing next time.

An­der­son was one of 750 fire­fight­ers na­tion­wide who took part this year.

‘‘I had a cou­ple of goals. One was to make it to the top. I will def­i­nitely be do­ing it again next year.’’

Her tar­get was to raise $2000. She said it was great to know her friends and fam­ily were be­hind her.

‘‘It was huge to be part of some- thing like this.’’

The na­tion­wide fundrais­ing tar­get was $750,000, and $1,018,091 has so far been raised.

An­der­son said she did have a day off af­ter the climb, and was back into her stud­ies later in the week.

‘‘I was pretty ex­hausted, not just from the climb but the adren­a­line on the day.’’

Ti­tahi Bay Fire Brigade placed 31st na­tion­wide.

Tawa Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade also placed in the top 50 and raised $1000.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

From left, Liam Paul, Jess An­der­son and Rachael Wood­house from Ti­tahi Bay Fire Sta­tion com­peted in the Sky Tower Chal­lenge in May, sup­port­ing leukaemia and blood can­cer re­search.

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