Climb for a good cause

Monday, 11th September, 2017

Local firefighters Tom Seward (left) and Cohen Turner will be climbing an awful lot of stairs in Sydney next month.  Local firefighters Tom Seward (left) and Cohen Turner will be climbing an awful lot of stairs in Sydney next month. 

By Emily Roberts

Local firefighters Tom Seward and Cohen Turner will have calves of steel after committing to run the Sydney Tower Eye to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.

The Firefighters Climb for Motor Neurone Disease will be held on October 14 and more than 400 firies will take part.

They will climb a whopping 1504 stairs wearing 25kg of firefighter’s kit in the Sydney Tower Eye in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for research into Motor Neurone Disease at Macquarie University.

“We have been practicing to climb 98 storeys of the Tower Eye (formerly Centrepoint Tower),” Tom said.

“Our goal is to raise $2,000 before we go. At the moment we have over $700. We’re hoping to reach our goal.”

Tom said he and Cohen had wanted to participate in the run since they were training last year.

“We were at training college last year when the run was on,” he said.

“There were a lot of people doing it. It’s a good cause.

“We’re training three to four days a week, doing stair runs at the Memorial Oval.

“We’ve been running up and down the grandstand.

“It was an effort to find stairs in Broken Hill.”

Tom said the event was timed so that he and Cohen were going to try their best.

He said they were going to support each other along the way.

“We will try to do it as quick as we can, as much as our legs will let us,” Tom said.

There are donation buckets at the local fire station and they have an online website where people can also donate.

Funds raised will support the Macquarie University MND research Centre, the largest MND research centre in Australia. 

Over the past two years, firefighters have raised over $680,000 from the Firefighters Climb for MND which goes towards finding a breakthrough in Motor Neurone Disease research.

Professor Dominic Rowe is the head of Macquarie University Hospital’s MND clinic.

“MND is an unpredictable and wretched disease,” Prof. Rowe said. “While 10 per cent of patients have MND due to inheriting a faulty gene, 90 per cent of patients have sporadic MND, with no known cause.

“We are thrilled with the donation from Fire and Rescue NSW to our research centre because it is only with research that we will understand what the elements that cause MND are, how it progresses, and ultimately lead to therapies that slow and stop the disease.”

For more information about this worthy cause go to firiesclimbformnd.org.au or to donate to the local team head to https://firiesclimb.gofundraise.com.au/page/238BrokenHill