The children at Pukeoware School donned red clothing and firefighter costumes last week to support the Waiuku Volunteer Firefighters in their efforts to raise funds for the 2017 Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.
Initiated by two students, Owen and Marissa Jane, the children made a gold coin donation in return for being allowed to wear mufti.
“Owen and Marissa presented me with a well-thought out proposal requesting a mufti day to help their firefighter dad, Russell, raise money for the event,” said Pukeoware School Principal Eamonn Kelly. “I was impressed with their initiative and for demonstrating the school’s values of mana (pride) and aroha (caring) in making the request.”
The day was a huge success, and after topping up the takings of the mufti day with the proceeds of a sausage sizzle at lunchtime, the school raised $485 to add to the Waiuku Volunteer Firefighter’s fundraising target.
As a way of thanking the children, the firefighters brought their fire truck to school for the children to enjoy.
The Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge is an annual fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC), requiring the firefighters to climb 51 flights of stairs and 1103 individual steps while wearing full firefighting apparatus, weighing up to 25 kilograms. This year’s challenge will take place on Saturday 13 May, 2017, and will be its thirteenth year as a fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.