Kaipara volunteer firefighters are gearing up to compete in the annual firefighter Sky Tower stair challenge in May, climbing the 1103 steps to the top with proceeds going to Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
The Dargaville brigade have seven firefighters competing. “I’m really looking forward to it as it’s something to give back to the community and these poor people who get leukaemia.
Also we’re getting the benefit out of it in terms of fitness,” said firefighter Nigel Greaves.
The brigade has fundraised with raffles so far and on Friday, March 31st, they are holding a steak dinner down at the station. “We’ve had some meat and kumara generously donated by Silver Fern Farms and Doug at Kaipara Kumara,” says Nigel.
Three women firefighters from the Ruawai brigade are competing as well. Firefighter Natalia Partridge says “fundraising for the leukaemia foundation is a massive motivator as well as doing it together and challenging ourselves. It’s cool to be part of something bigger than our station and to represent it.” For fundraising they have put coin buckets in Ruawai shops. They also have a steak dinner night coming up, with the date yet to be confirmed.
Ten firefighters from the Wellsford brigade are also competing. Senior firefighter Matt Railey says that having lost friends and family to cancer, fundraising is the main driver.
Donations can be made through firefightersclimb.org.nz.