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Sky-high results at charity stair climb

  • Jessica Meyer and Jeff Harriott

By: CFA Media

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  4.09 PM 7 September, 2015

Location: General

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More than 200 CFA firefighters completed the 28-floor Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb at Crown Metropol Hotel on Saturday. 

Members of 77 CFA brigades across the state, many who donned 25kg of breathing apparatus, climbed for a cure – raising around $250,000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Stonehaven Fire Brigade’s Jeff (Junior) Harriott led the individual fundraising tally with more than $11,200.

“I was quite taken aback by what I finished up with,” he said.

Jeff’s fundraising efforts were in support of fellow volunteer Jessica Meyer of Shelford Rural Fire Brigade.

It wasn’t until Jessica contributed to his fundraising - by donating some old car batteries to sell - that he learnt about her experience with breast cancer.

“Once you scratch the surface it’s quite eye-opening to see how many people are affected,” he said.

“They’re people who you think are just leading a normal life, but beneath the surface are dealing with a lot more.”

Jessica was there to congratulate Jeff as he crossed the finished line in a time of 8 minutes and 15 seconds, along with a host of other firefighters who dedicated their climb to her cause.

While the race is over for another year, donations don’t close until the end of September.

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Last Updated: 09 September 2015