The Dargaville Fire Brigade Sky Tower stair challenge team

Preparing for stair challenge

by Ann van Engelen

The Dargaville Fire Brigade is holding various fundraising events as they prepare for the annual Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Firefighter Sky Tower Climb.

The Dargaville team will join others from across the country as they climb the 1,103 stairs to the top of the Auckland Sky Tower on May 18.

“We have five members preparing and getting our fitness up to compete.

We are doing all sorts of things to raise money for the charity including selling raffle tickets, and we hope to do a carwash in early May,” says team member Jeff Cleary.

“The winner of the recent raffle for a motorised car was Michael Lea of Whangarei. Michael’s son Archer is sure to enjoy his adventures in the car.

“This year the challenge is very close to home for us. My cousin recently died of leukaemia and we have a community member with an 11-month-old family member recently diagnosed with the disease.”

Jeff says the brigade are grateful for the community support they continuously receive.

“People living in Dargaville and surrounds are extremely generous when it comes to helping other people. For us it is very sad when we try to save someone’s house and special items from fire, and attending accidents can be very challenging, however, that is what we are here for, and we always hope for the best.

“The event is a personal challenge to succeed at getting to the top of the tower as we raise money for a good cause and represent our area to the best of our ability. It is one thing we look forward to as a team that is outside of the fire station, and we can enjoy with others.”

To donate go to and search Dargaville.