Firefighters challenge

by Anonymous Author

Firefighters from around Selwyn will be heading to Auckland to test themselves in the Sky Tower Stair Challenge this month.

On May 19, 950 firefighters take on the 1,103 stairs of Auckland’s Sky Tower for the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge raising funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

Selwyn firefighters and brigades from around the district including Dunsandel, Kirwee, Leeston and Southbridge, will gear up with full firefighting kit and breathing apparatus weighing up to 25kg to take on the challenge.

Many of them have already been fundraising for the event, and so far firefighters from across the country have raised over $400,000 towards a fundraising target of $1 million.

The funds raised will help Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand run their vital nationwide service supporting Kiwis and their families who are living with blood cancer.

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ general manager, Georgie Hackett, said the support from brigades and their local communities is humbling.

“We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity and hard work of firefighters participating in the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.

“This fundraising is the backbone of our service and helps us grow our vital support for families living with blood cancer in their communities right across the country.”

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