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Zumba class to help Firies’ MND climb

Tuesday, 24th September, 2019

(Back, from left) Cohen Turner, Zel Nejaim and Tommy Seward with Zumba instructors (front) Amy Ellice and Sarah Rolton.PICTURE: Emily McInerney (Back, from left) Cohen Turner, Zel Nejaim and Tommy Seward with Zumba instructors (front) Amy Ellice and Sarah Rolton.PICTURE: Emily McInerney

A special YMCA Zumba class will be held at the end of October to raise funds for the firefighters that are doing the MND climb.

“Firies Climb for Motor Neurone Disease” is an annual event in which hundreds of firefighters climb the Sydney Tower Eye to raise money for the cause. The tower is 98 storeys high and it is 1,504 steps to the top.

As if that wasn’t hard enough, they will make the climb carrying 20kg of firefighting gear.

This year, six local firefighters are participating in the climb.

Team Broken Hill is hoping to raise $10,000 for Macquarie University’s Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research, the largest research centre in Australia.

YMCA Zumba instructor Amy Ellice said they were teaming up with the firies to help with the fundraising efforts.

So far the firefighters have raised $2,000 and last year they raised $8,500 all up.

“We’re hoping to help them beat that total this year,” Amy said.

“They head off on November 9, so the week before that we are holding a free Zumba class.

“It will be a combined attempt to raise funds.”

The free class will be held on Monday, October 28 at 5.30pm.

The firefighters will be in attendance with money buckets.

“They will be shaking their buckets and booties for the fundraiser,” Amy said.

“Zumba campaigns for MND and ALS worldwide.

“The firies are also contactable if anyone else has more fundraising ideas.”

There will be a link on the YMCA’s Facebook page for more information.

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