Firefighters will climb the 98 storeys, or 1504 stairs of Sydney Tower Eye wearing full structural Firefighting ensemble and air sets with a combined weight of over 20Kg. At a vertical rise of 820 feet, the climb to the observation deck is a gruelling challenge. Each floor of the stairwell is dedicated patients of MND both past and present. It’s a harrowing journey supporting those living with the horrific disease.
The event began in 2015, raising $180,000 for MND research. In 2016 a further $510,990 was raised and in 2017 another $610,000 was raised thanks to overwhelming support from the firefighting community and the general public. This makes over $1,300,000 raised since 2015 through this event.
MND research is a cause that is very close to the heart of NSW firefighter Matt Pridham, as best friend Adam Regal was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and given a very short life expectancy.
“Ten years ago we lost an uncle to MND. He was the first to be diagnosed in our family. He passed away just 18 months later. My father in 2011 was going through the process of seeing the doctors. From then, he was downhill straight away. It was just over 12 months before he passed away. And then not even twelve months later, I was hit with the same trap.” Adam Regal
Adam, a loving husband and father of two, has pledged to raise as much money and awareness for this disease as possible. The Firefighters Climb for MND began in 2015 in honour of Adam and all other families in Australia living with MND, with a pledge to do everything possible to find the next MND breakthrough.