The Manly Skywalkers – a team of 12 volunteer fire fighters aged 20 to 55 from Manly fire station – raised a total of $10,452 for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ as part of this year’s Sky Tower Challenge.
Their target was $10,000 and Manly volunteer brigade support Cerise Jordan says they hope to do even better next year.
The sum put them 29th on the fundraising leaderboard, out of around 100 teams.
Volunteers from Silverdale Fire Brigade also took part, raising $5027.
The fire fighters were among 1000 from all over the country who raced up the 51 flights of stairs (1103 steps) in Auckland’s Sky Tower on May 18, wearing their full kit. As well as the physical commitment and challenge, each participant raises money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ.
In total, the challenge raised over $1.3 million this year.
The Manly brigade is currently short of volunteers and about to start a recruitment drive. “You don’t have to be able to take on the Sky Tower climb to join!” Cerise says.