NSW Fire and Rescue firefighters can extinguish a burning blaze in a matter of minutes, but can they match Port Macquarie's seasoned golfers under par on the local green?
Port Macquarie firies are 'putting' their golfing skills to the test at the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charity Golf Day at Emerald Downs Golf Course from 11am on September 28.
Divots will be dug, as retained firefighters play off in the nine hole, four-person per team ambrose tournament to raise funds for MND research.
MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease which causes muscles used to move, speak, breathe and swallow, to degenerate and die.
Port Macquarie retained firefighter Seth Vagg said golfers can register for the day and meet at 11am in time for tee off at noon.
"We are out to raise money for MND research and just have a fun day in the four person ambrose," he said.
"We're good firies but rubbish golfers, obviously I'm speaking for myself here.
"This is our second year of doing it and we raised about $6000 last year which contributed towards our fundraising for the year. We were actually second in the state raising $25,000 as a team last year.
"This year we have nine climbers compared to the four we had last year and this will be our major fundraiser.
"We are also organising t-shirts and stubby holders for people to buy and support the team.
"We are doing what we can, where we can."
Entry to the day is $25 per person which includes food and a ticket in the raffle of the day, there will also be lucky door prizes for participants.
Port Macquarie firefighters have raised more than $4177 so far this year and will climb 1504 flights of stairs alongside 600 other firefighters at the Sydney Tower Eye on November 9.
Retained firefighters Seth Vagg, Katie Burt, Tayla Battle, Emma Parke, Peter Muney, Gavin Lisk, Sonia Fardy, Andrew Fullerton and Rhys Heaton will be taking part in the climb with an additional 20kg of gear.
All proceeds go towards the Macquarie University's MND Research department.
For more information or to reserve a spot at the golf day before September 17, call 0427 966 203.
There is still time to donate to their cause and you can do so by clicking here.
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