Trio taking stairs – Climbing Sky Tower for charity

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Ben Bringans (22), Peter Mason (50) and Dave Sutherland (44) are raising money to aid Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand in the annual fund-raising event.
Ben Bringans (22), Peter Mason (50) and Dave Sutherland (44) are raising money to aid Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand in the annual fund-raising event.

On May 28, 850 firefighters from all over the country will race each other up Auckland Sky Tower’s 1103 stairs in full gear, and three of the Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade’s finest will be with them.
Ben Bringans (22), Peter Mason (50) and Dave Sutherland (44) are raising money to aid Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand in the annual fund-raising event.
The charity is dedicated to helping patients and their families living with blood cancers and related blood conditions.
Mr Bringans said it was his idea to set up an Oamaru team.
“I dragged the other two into it.”The team’s aim was to finish the event in one piece.
“There are a a few nerves. Being the first year, it’s a bit daunting,” he said.
Mr Mason expected the most challenging part would be having to compete while wearing full firefighter gear, including a breathing apparatus.
Firefighting gear alone, without the breathing apparatus, can weigh up to 20kg.
He said the support from the Oamaru community for what the three wanted to achieve was “wonderful”.
Mr Sutherland said each person who donated understood the charity’s intentions.
“Every family reflects on it.”The team is due to arrive in Auckland on May 27.
All viewed the trip as an opportunity to network with other firefighters.

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