Port Macquarie firefighters are set to step up raising money for Motor Neurone Disease

IN TRAINING: Firefighters Emma Parke, Gav Lisk, Seth Vagg, Sonia Nash and Andrew Fullerton training at Town Beach before the big climb in October. Photo: Ivan Sajko.
IN TRAINING: Firefighters Emma Parke, Gav Lisk, Seth Vagg, Sonia Nash and Andrew Fullerton training at Town Beach before the big climb in October. Photo: Ivan Sajko.

Climbing up 1504 stars with more than 20 kilos on your back is a daunting challenge, but one, some of our local firefighters are eagerly preparing for – all for a good cause.

Emma Parke, Gav Lisk, Seth Vagg, Sonia Nash and Andrew Fullerton are trying to raise as much money as they can before climbing Sydney’s Tower Eye all for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research on October 20.

In Sydney the group are going to climb 98 stories while wearing their full structural firefighting gear and to raise money are hosting a golf day on September 9.

Complete with air sets, their total packing weight will be significant but their struggles will be nothing like that of someone living with MND, and climber, Seth Vagg, said so far they have been overwhelmed by the support.

“A group of us did the climb last year and we raised a few thousand dollars,” Mr Vagg said.

NEARLY TIME: Sonia Nash at Town Beach practising her stair climbing. Photo: Ivan Sajko.

NEARLY TIME: Sonia Nash at Town Beach practising her stair climbing. Photo: Ivan Sajko.

“However after getting out into the community and finding out just how common MND is, we really wanted to ramp up our fund raising efforts this year.

“Since signing up for the climb last year we have learnt a lot about the disease and it really is horrendous and through our fund raising events and talking to people we are hoping to educate people about how bad it can be.

“We are all still very excited and have loved getting out and talking to people.”

The group have held barbecues and a bowls afternoon and now are hosting a golf day which will be held at the Emerald Downs Golf Course and the group are asking to teams to sign up now.

“It will be a great day and we will be playing a nine hole, four person ambrose from 11am.

“We are wanting as many people as possible to come along and help us raise as much money as possible for MND research.”

The Charity Golf Day will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 11am.

Team nominations are now open and must be done before the day so please get in contact with Mr Vagg on 0408 655 599 or Ms Parke on ‭0427 966 203‬ to secure a team.

To donate to their cause click here and to find out more about the golf day click here.

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