Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge

Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge - Saturday 17 May

The firefighters’ race to raise $1 million for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) via has reached nearly $560,000, six days out from this year’s event. On 17 May, 700 firefighters will race up 1,103 stairs of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower wearing 25kg of equipment and breathing apparatus.

The annual Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge is this year celebrating its tenth anniversary The event has grown exponentially over the years. The first Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge in 2005 was led by 88 firefighters, and raised just over $17,000. This year more than 180 brigades from across the country will take part, and firefighters from as far afield Australia, USA and Hawaii are all travelling to compete in the event.

Auckland Airport Rescue Fire Brigade currently sits in first place, having fundraised over $38,000. They have been pulling the tourism dollar by training on the escalators at Auckland International Airport to help raise funds. The Porirua brigade is close behind in second place, having raised close to $36,000.

It will be an early start for the firefighters, with Tamaki Makaurau-based Kapa Haka group Raukura calling them towards the challenge start point at 7:40am. The challenge kicks off at 8am until the last competitor gets their chance to take on the tower at 2pm.

The competition looks fierce, with Josh Harrison from Otara Station hoping to defend his three-year winning streak. Having had the fastest time every year since 2011, Harrison is determined to beat his time of 8 minutes and 37 seconds and claim the 10th anniversary title.

In the women’s category, last year’s champion Leona Smith from Plimmerston Volunteer Fire Brigade has returned to defend her title, along with Tracey Lemon representing Waihi Beach Volunteer Brigade, who came in a close second.

While Auckland Airport and Porirua battle it out for the top spot, Glenbrook Steel Mill Industrial Fire Birgade has turned fundraising into a unique learning experience for primary school children in the greater South Auckland area. The brigade has visited several schools giving the kids “combat” training as firefighters. Gold coin donations have helped boost their fundraising total to almost $5,800.

Meanwhile the Napier Volunteer Fire Brigade has been hitting the treadmills and recently completed a 24-hour walkathon that raised more than $1,600. The team is currently in fourth place, having raised almost $16,000.

The funds raised from event go back into the community by helping LBC continue to run their vital service supporting the six Kiwis diagnosed with a blood cancer or related condition every day. LBC receives no Government funding.
Pru Etcheverry, CEO of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, says it’s been incredible seeing how generous New Zealand firefighters have been with their time and energy.

“For 10 years firefighters across the country have tirelessly fundraised on our behalf. The funds raised go towards helping people in their communities through our national support services programme.

“I’m delighted to mark the tenth anniversary of this event and am really looking forward to seeing who takes out the top fundraising honours and is the fastest up the Sky Tower,” says Ms Etcheverry.

SKYCITY Auckland General Manager John Mortensen says the $1 million fundraising target is an ambitious goal for a worthwhile cause.

“The money raised so far is a phenomenal achievement, and we’re urging people to get behind the firefighters as they climb closer to their goal of $1 million,” Mr Mortensen says.

“We have been honoured to open the Tower up to this fantastic event for the past ten years. SKYCITY is backing LBC and the firefighters every step of the way, right to the top of the Tower,” he says.

The event is supported by SKYCITY (the major sponsor), Auckland Airport and Tait Communications.


To find out how to support your local brigade visit www.firefightersclimb.org.nz
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news