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Fireys prepare to climb for a cure

  • CFA volunteer Jeff Harriott in training

By: CFA Media

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  10.37 AM 3 September, 2015


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More than 200 CFA firefighters will put their physical endurance to the test at the annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on Saturday. 

Firefighters from 77 CFA brigades across the state will be joined by their counterparts in South Australia, New South Wales, New Zealand and the United States to compete in the charity event on Saturday 5 September.

Each of the 220 firefighters will race up 28 flights of stairs from street level to the top of the Crown Metropol Hotel while wearing a full kit of protective clothing and breathing apparatus, weighing 25 kilograms.

This is the second year of the annual event held by the Firefighters Charity Fund to raise money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

More than $247,000 of this year’s $250,000 target has been raised for cancer research and treatment.

Stonehaven Fire Brigade 2nd Lieutenant Jeff Harriott is leading the individual fundraising tally with more than $11,000 raised so far through sponsorships and by collecting and recycling dead car and truck batteries.

“I work in the auto industry, so every phone call I made to workshops I would ask if they had any spare batteries lying around, and I was pretty much inundated,” Mr Harriott said.

“Every lunch time I was generally putting a dozen batteries in my ute.

“My initial goal was little more than $300. Once I broke it I kept setting other mini goals and soon it became a bit of an obsession.”

The volunteer firefighter admits he could have done more training to prepare for Saturday’s event.

“I’m doing my second run this week, but it’s upstairs in full structural gear and breathing apparatus. For me it’s not about the time I do it in, I’m just looking forward to the atmosphere on the day.”

Mr Harriott’s total has already surpassed last year’s individual fundraising record of $5,305 set by Paul Hayes of Beaconsfield Fire Brigade.

“Admittedly, the whole process has taught me so much more about the prevalence of cancer and the importance of this cause,” Mr Harriott said.

“When you tell people what you’re fundraising for it’s amazing how many people then share their own personal stories. It’s a disease that doesn’t discriminate.”

The event begins 7am with an official welcome by Emergency Managament Commissioner Craig Lapsley. The first wave of climbers take off at 8am.

For further information visit: www.firefighterclimb.org.au

 

CFA brigades taking part in the 2015 Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb:

 

North West Region

Campbells Creek

Kalkallo

Mildura

Eaglehawk

Mernda

Swan Hill

Maldon

Point Cook

Echuca

Woodend

Research

Echuca Village

Caroline Springs

Sunbury

Yambuna

Diamond Creek

Truganina

 

Greenvale

Werribee

 

 

South West Region

Hamilton

Lara

Geelong West

North Hamilton

Ocean Grove

Grovedale

Camperdown

St Leonards

Stonehaven

Belmont

 

 

 

South East Region

Berwick

Langwarrin

Rye

Carrum Downs

Mount Eliza

Somerville

Cranbourne

Mount Martha

Sorrento

Dandenong

Narre Warren North

Springvale

Dromana

Noble Park

Warneet-Blind Bight

Edithvale

Pakenham

Dumbalk

Frankston

Patterson River

Moe

 

North East Region

Wallan

Ferntree Gully

Upwey

Wandong

Lilydale

Warburton

Yea

Monbulk

Warrandyte

Bayswater

Montrose

Warrandyte South

Boronia

Mount Evelyn

Shepparton

Coldstream

The Basin

Benalla

Wodonga

Wesburn-Millgrove 

 

West Region

Ballarat

Ballarat City

Miners Rest

Nhill

  
Last Updated: 07 September 2015