About The Climb


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 $630,000 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.

Where Does the Money Go?

Macquarie University houses Australia’s largest MND research facility. Currently Macquarie University employs over 70 researchers and 12 clinicians involved in the research effort into MND. All researchers work together in the one facility, on the one topic, with one aim: To stop MND.

There are many facets to the clinical and research effort into MND at Macquarie University.  The research begins in the MND clinic, where we collaborate with our patients to understand the biological processes of this dreadful disease. As a result of the fundraising effort since 2015, for the first time ever Macquarie has started two new clinical trials to slow and stop MND. This is a huge step forward and gives hope to people living with MND.


This event is open only to firefighters and volunteer firefighters. Members of the general public are not permitted to enter.