In a show of support for those who have Motor Neurone Disease (MND), three firefights from Medowie Rural Fire Brigade recently climbed an astounding 1504 stairs in the Sydney Tower Eye.
On Sunday, 23 October 2016 the firefighters completed the amazing feat, joining their firefighter counterparts from across Australia and the world, all the while wearing full firefighting kit weighing 20kgs.
A total of 446 firefighters participated in the physically gruelling challenge.
Climbing the 98 floors of the Sydney Tower Eye, the event now in its second year is organised by firefighters from fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW).
In partnership with Macquarie University, they hope to raise $500 000 which will go towards research to beat this disease.
Local firefighter, Darryl Luck, said he wanted to join his firefighter colleagues from around Australia and international firefighters participated too this year, to raise community awareness of the disease and to help raise money to go towards finding a cure.
“Each day, two Australians die from MND and another two are diagnosed with it.”
“ Ninety per cent of patients die within three to five years of first experiencing symptoms,” Daryl told News Of The Area.
“The disease currently has no known cause or cure so research is urgently needed to help find some answers,” Darryl said.
In a time of 17 minutes, 14 seconds Mr Luck came in at 13th for this age category, and 107th overall.
Medowie News of the Area congratulates Mr Luck on such a great result.
Professor Dominic Rowe of Macquarie University’s MND Research Clinic said that finding a cure for MND is important and this event contributes to research being able to be conducted.
“We have two new clinical trials beginning this year. This is the first time we have had two trials in one year ever in Motor Neurone disease. We can do this because of our fundraising from last year,” he said.
Last year, $180 000 was raised to continue research in this important research area.
You can support this worthy cause by donating to http://www.firiesclimbformnd.org.au/. Every dollar raised will directly support vital MND research.
You can also stay up to date via the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/firiesmnd/
By Heather SHARP