Yana’s Yarn—27 February 2018

Last Monday I spent the evening hanging out at the Pukekohe Volunteer Fire Brigade to chat to some of the team who will be heading up the Sky Tower.

My seven year old self was remembering the time the local Levin brigade came to my primary school to talk about fire safety. I’d been sitting up nicely throughout the presentation and was ecstatic when the teacher chose me to try on the fireman’s gear. I remember it being quite weighty, and much to the delight of my class mates I looked just as funny as I felt, wearing a jacket and helmet several times too big.

Fast forward to last week chatting to the Pukekohe Firefighters, they explained that they’ll be ‘suiting up’ in their full 25 kilograms of gear to climb the 1103 stairs. Most of the local brigades are taking part in the Firefighter Sky Tower Stair challenge again this year. They’re doing fundraising now, so why not support your local brigade to help them raise funds for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer (LBC) New Zealand? I’m sure they’ll be very grateful for the support. Last year, Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade raised $18,605 for the LBC, making them the second top fundraisers for their class.

This weekend, I’m heading off to a cèilidh. For those who don’t know, it’s a traditional Scottish gathering and modern cèilidhs involve lots of dancing. But group dancing. My friend from Wellington is heading up to Auckland to go to the event for her friend’s birthday and invited me along. She said she only knows five people who will be there, however I’ll only know one. But I’m always keen to give things a go and don’t mind having a laugh— even at my own expense, so I’ll definitely be making the most of it.

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