Six Richmond firefighters will join hundreds of their counterparts on Saturday, May 19, as they ascend the 1103 steps of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer (LBC) New Zealand.
Wearing their full kit weighing around 25 kilograms, the firefighters will climb the steps together as a team just after midday.
The team’s captain Alex Theobald took part last year and says, while gruelling, it’s a “great challenge”.
“I also think the fund-raising is quite addictive, and although it’s really tough doing the actual stairs in all our gear, it’s for such a good cause so it’s really rewarding,” says Alex.
The Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge is in its 14th year and consistently raises over one million dollars each year for the LBC charity, which helps the six kiwis diagnosed with a blood cancer every day.
The funds raised help the charity support patients and their families while also funding research into finding cures and better treatments.
Tahuna’s Tamaki steps have provided the training ground for the team and they’ve practiced ascending with weighted backpacks in preparation for Saturday’s climb up the 51 flights.
“It’s definitely going to be pretty tough, but we can do it,” says Alex.
To donate head to www.firefightersclimb.org.nz, click donate and search for Richmond.

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