All the way to the top
The Firies Climb for MND is an annual event where firefighters climb Sydney Tower Eye to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease (MND) research at Macquarie University. That’s 1,504 steps in over 20kg of full structural firefighting gear and all for MND. It’s a grueling challenge but nothing compared to those living with the disease.
The fight against MND
Since its inception in 2015, this event has raised over $2 million for MND research. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the firefighting community, sponsors, and the public, 100% of the funds raised from the climb have gone to MND research at Macquarie University. This year, our challenge is to raise $1 million – but we can’t do it alone.
MND research became a cause that is very close to the heart of NSW firefighter Matt Pridham after his best friend, Adam Regal, was diagnosed with MND.
“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, sadly lost the fight against MND in August 2018. He continues to be an inspiration for the climb along with all other people and families in Australia living with MND. We will continue in their honor until there is a cure for MND.
We would love your support, donate here or take part at home.
Where does the money go?
100% of the funds raised from the climb have gone to the Macquarie University’s Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research. It is the largest MND research center in Australia, receives no federal or state funding to operate and is completely run through the support of public donations and research grants. With the help of our fundraising, they now employ over 70 researchers and 12 clinicians.
All researchers work together in one facility, on one topic, with one vision: a world without MND. There are many facets to the clinical and research effort into MND at Macquarie University. The research begins in the MND clinic, where they collaborate with their patients to understand the biological processes of this dreadful disease. As a result of the fundraising effort, 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.
The Firies Climb for MND will take place at Sydney Tower Eye on Saturday 9 November. Registration to participate in the climb will open on 13 May 2019 and is only available to firefighters.