Local Firefighters set to take on stairs

Franklin fire fighters are among the nine hundred from across the country who are once again gearing up to take on the  Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.

That’s 1,103 steps up the Auckland Sky Tower which will see them dressed in full gear, while all raising funds for the for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Teams from Waiau Pa, Mercer, Tuakau, Pukekohe, Glenbrook and Waiuku are taking part in this annual event, with fundraisers currently being held around the district.
Over the weekend, the Waiuku Brigade were based at the Steel n’ Wheels event, where children could dress up in fire fighting gear for a gold coin donation. The Waiuku Birgade are currently sitting in eight place as the top fundraisers for the nation, with a total of $11, 861 raised so far.
On Saturday 29 April, the Tuakau Brigade joined forces with the Tuakau Youth Centre and put on a car wash. Despite the wet weather, the community ensured the team had plenty of vehicles to clean.
The Waiau Pa Brigade were also in Pukekohe recently, where they hosted a sausage sizzle outside of Repco.
The Franklin firefighters will rise to the challenge on Saturday 13 May, and will be competing against firefighters from not only New Zealand but also Australia, USA, Chile and Croatia.
With the fundraising total already reaching over $600,000 this week and quickly climbing, the firefighters are working hard in their spare time and weekends to achieve the $900,000 fundraising target.
The funds raised from event go back into the community by helping LBC continue to run their vital service supporting Kiwis and their families right across New Zealand who are living with a blood cancer.

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

The Tuakau Youth Centre joined forces with the Tuakau Volunteer Brigade to help wash cars while fundraising for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand last weekend