Firefighters run up stairs – for cause

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Photo: Methven volunteer firefighters Dave McLeod, Mark Brown, Sterling Clark and Matt Duncan are putting their bodies on the line for the Sky Tower Stair Challenge on May 13.

By Mick Jensen

Four firefighters from the Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade will climb Auckland’s Sky Tower to raise funds for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation on May 13.

The quartet of Dave McLeod, Mark Brown, Sterling Clark and Matt Duncan will test their stamina and be kitted out in full gear for the climb up 1103 steps.

They have 47 years of combined service in the Methven brigade and training for the event has included running up the stairs at the Methven Racecourse.

Anyone keen to support their efforts can sponsor them on the firefightersclimb.org.nz website by searching for their name.

Last year’s Sky Tower challenge was completed by 850 firefighters and raised $1.16m for the foundation.

A special Sky Tower golf tournament will be held at the Methven Golf Club on May 7 to further support the efforts of the local firefighters.

The ambrose event is open to teams of four and costs $80 per team. It will have an 11am shotgun start.

Organiser Nigel Duncan, whose son Matt is tackling the Sky Tower Stair Challenge, said the field was filling up nicely and funds raised would go directly to the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation cause.

For entries, or donations of any playing prizes contact Mr Duncan on 027 319 3585.