FIREFIGHTERS from Armidale Fire and Rescue NSW have proved who stairs wins in a climb for Motor Neurone Disease.
The fundraiser saw firefighters climb the iconic Sydney Tower Eye in full structural firefighting gear weighing 20 kilograms.
Retained firefighter Johl Sue said the climb was a great opportunity to be involved in something that affects so many people.
“We saw that there weren’t many entries from firefighters in regional areas so we decided to get involved,” he said.
“We wanted to raise money for a disease that does affect firefighters in general.
“Really in the end it wasn’t about us doing the stair climb it was about raising much needed money to further fund MND research and to find a cure for those suffering from the disease.”
The team climbed all 1504 stairs, or 98 floors, of the Sydney Tower Eye and 14 minutes and 45 seconds was their fastest time.
Mr Sue said the group had trained hard for the event.
“We had numerous training sessions at Anytime Fitness in the lead up to the stair climb,” he said.
“They have a stair mill so that made it easier to get in shape for the climb.”
Altogether the men raised $4422 for the charity.
Captain of the Armidale Fire Brigade Scott Norton praised the team for their efforts.
“They’ve really put in some great work,” he said.
“We aren’t about self-praise but I really want to thank the guys for their efforts.”
Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive, terminal neurological disease that affects the nerve cells that control muscular movement.
The event was organised by Sydney firefighter Matt Pridham.
Mr Pridham organised the climb after his best friend and father of two was diagnosed with the disease 18 months ago.
More than 440 firefighters took part in the stair climb.
As a whole the event has raised $480,144, just shy of the $500,000 target.
Donations are still open, to contribute visit firefightersclimbformnd.everydayhero.com/au/armidale-205
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.