MEDOWIE Brigade’s Deputy Captain, Louise McClelland, has been in the Rural Fire Service for just on 12 years.
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She set a goal this year to complete the Firefighters Climb for Motor Neurone Disease.
Louise told News Of The Area, “We have a group of five from Medowie who signed up, and we have joined forces with fellow RFS members from East Maitland Brigade and an officer from our Lower Hunter District Fire Control to form the RFS Lower Hunter Stairclimb Team.”
“Our goal as a group is to aim to raise $15,000, we are currently sitting at nearly $3,500, so still a way to go but I know there is more to bank yet.”
“So any donations however small are so genuinely appreciated for this very worthwhile cause,” she said.
The climb is next Saturday 14 October at the Sydney Tower, consisting of 98 floors and 1504 steps in full firefighting gear, including breathing apparatus set and helmet.
The RFS Lower Hunter Stairclimb Team meet up every second Sunday to train together for the last few months.
They have climbed Tomaree Headland, the steps at Merewether Baths, Anzac Walk at Bar Beach and the observation tower in Newcastle at Queens Wharf.
Each member has also had their own individual training program.
Louise said “One of the East Maitland members lost his mother to this horrendous disease so has a deeply personal reason for completing the climb.”
“One of our Medowie members, Darryl Luck, will also carry a picture up the tower with him of local dad Brenton Teasdale, who lost his fight to MND last year.”
“For me personally, I originally began this journey for my own reasons of increasing fitness to continue firefighting and proving I can do this at my age , but it has become so much more now.”
“I want to raise awareness of this disease which doesn’t discriminate and to help raise as much money as possible to continue the research into finding a cure or at least stopping the progression of it,” she said.
Donations to the RFS Lower Hunter Stairclimb team can be made at:
By Rachael VAUGHAN