On 14 October 2017 hundreds of firefighters from around the world are climbing a whopping 1504 stairs wearing 25kg if firefighters kit in the Sydney Tower Eye in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for research into Motor Neurone Disease at Macquarie University.
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 as part of the Firefighters Climb for MND which will go towards finding a breakthrough in Motor Neurone Disease research.
FRNSW Qualified Firefighter and event organiser, Matthew Pridham said his inspiration came from his best friend, Adam Regal.
“Adam was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease about 3 years ago and since then he’s been determined to raise awareness of it so I wanted to help him with that cause.
“Adam is a loving husband and father and a great mate. It was devastating to see him diagnosed with such a debilitating disease.
“With the help of my fellow firefighters, we’re trying to get more people aware of Motor Neurone Disease and raise money which will go towards finding a cure,” he said.
Professor Dominic Rowe is the head of Macquarie University Hospital’s MND clinic, the largest of its kind in Australia.
“MND is an unpredictable and wretched disease. 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 contact Matthew Pridham on 0413 22 0971.