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Waiuku fire brigade steps up to take on Skytower Challenge

The Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade is training to climb the Sky Tower's 1103 steps.

The Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade has gone into full training mode.

The brigade will take part in the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer (LBC) Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge this May.

Member Jim Snedden - at 75 years old - will be the oldest in the team taking part - with the youngest members in their mid 20s.

"It's a big age gap for sure," Snedden said.

It will be Snedden's first time attempting the Skytower Challenge and he said training had been going well so far.

The brigade meets once a week to train together, has individual gym sessions and a few members even hit the Hakarimata Summit steps in Ngaruawahia.


"It's a good lot of stairs and that's the best training at this stage," Sneddon said.

"It's like an endless escalator coming at you."

Snedden said he wanted to attempt the stair climb to challenge himself and also support LBC.

The team was determined to perform well in the challenge, he said 

"I think most of the guys have their personal aims to do better than they did last year.

"We've all had friends who've had cancer, to me it's just support for them and support for what they need the funds for."

Over the coming months, the brigade will organise a number of fundraising activities including a bingo night, quiz night and raffles.

The team has already tripled their initial funding goal raising $3000 so far, and Snedden said he was determined to train even harder. 

"I have to complete it now," he said.

LBC is the national charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families.

Every day six children and adults in New Zealand are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.