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For all fundraising, registration of general enquiries, please contact info@firiesclimbformnd.org.au You will typically receive a response within one business day

Matt Pridham

Role: Committee Co-Chair and founder. Responsible for overall event strategy, direction and management.

Agency: Fire and Rescue NSW, Crows Nest Fire Station

About: Matt is the founder and Committee Co-Chair for the Firefighters Climb for MND event. Matt approached Macquarie University in 2014 with an idea to fundraise for MND research at Macquarie, following the diagnosis of his best friend Adam Regal. This led to the creation of the Firefighters Climb for MND in 2015, which has raised over $1.3million dollars for MND research. Matt has
volunteered tirelessly since 2014 to achieve this

Contact: Contact Matt by emailing info@firiesclimbformnd.org.au, attention ‘Matt’ in the subject line.

Committee Co-Chair and Founder

Megan Pope

Role: Committee Co-Chair. Responsible for overall event strategy, direction and management.

Works for: Macquarie University and the Macquarie University MND Research Centre

About: Following Matt’s approach to Macquarie University in 2014 with the idea to create the Firefighters Climb for MND, Megan and Matt worked in partnership to launch the inaugural event in 2015, as well as the yearly climbs since then. Megan has worked behind the scenes to make the event happen every year since 2015, and was very proud to completed the climb itself in 2017.

Contact: Contact Megan by emailing info@firiesclimbformnd.org.au, attention‘Megan’ in the subject line.

Committee Co-Chair

Courtney Sullivan

Role: Committee Co-Chair. Responsible for overall event strategy, direction and management.

Works for: Macquarie University and the Macquarie University MND Research Centre

About: Courtney joined the team in 2017, helping to run the climb behind the scenes in 2017 as well as managing operations at the top of the Sydney Tower Eye for the 2017 climb. Courtney has extensive experience running large scale community fundraising events, and is very passionate about raising as much money for MND as possible through the Firefighters Climb for MND.

Contact: Contact Courtney by emailing courtney@firiesclimbformnd.org.au

Committee Co-Chair

Keven Verhoeven

Role: Communications Manager

Agency: Fire and Rescue NSW, Oberon Fire Station 411

About: Keven has participated in the Firefighters Climb for MND every year since 2016, and has spent countless hours shaking buckets and fundraising for MND. Keven was inspired to participate in the climb and volunteer as a committee member after seeing the passion in Matt to do everything possible to beat MND.

Contact Keven for : : Anything to do with social media! Contact Keven by emailing keven@firiesclimbformnd.org.au

Communications Manager

Susan Courtney

Role: RFS Liaison

Agency: NSW Rural Fire Service, Cambewarra Rural Fire Service

About: Susan has participated in the Firefighters Climb for MND since 2016, and has been a major fundraiser and supporter of the climb throughout. Susan is keen to support as many RFS members to participate in the climb as possible.

Contact Susan for: Anything to do with the RFS, especially if you are a member of the RFS! Contact Susan by emailing susan@firiesclimbformnd.org.au

RFS Liaison

Nick Jennings

Role: Merchandise Manager

Agency: Fire and Rescue NSW, Glenbrook Fire Station

About: I participated in my first Firies Climb for MND in 2017, I wanted to get
behind the cause that has inspired the firefighting community in the past few years. Being fit and healthy gives me the opportunity to give back and make a real difference towards curing MND, something that those who are fighting it deserve.

Contact Nick for: Anything related to merchandise (t-shirts, coins etc)! Contact Nick by emailing nick@firiesclimbformnd.org.au

Merchandise Manager

Liz Smiles

Role: Fundraising Manager

About: Having lost friends and family to MND, Liz is passionate about supporting a cause that directly funds the research to stop MND. Liz has volunteered at the event since 2016 and is looking forward to being more involved this year as part of the committee.

Contact: Liz is your first point of contact for anything related to Fundraising (fundraising idea, support, authority to fundraise letter, insurance letter, etc). Contact Liz by emailing liz@firiesclimbformnd.org.au or by texting/calling 0439 462 669.

Fundraising Manager

Rachel Hessenberger

Role: Fundraising Champion

Agency: Fire and Rescue NSW and RFS

About: Rachel has been in the RFS for 20 years and FRNSW for 17 years, currently holding the rank of Captain. This will be Rachel’s third year climbing in 2018 and it’s a cause that is close to home for Rachel as she had an Aunty that had MND. Rachel loves participating in the Firefighters Climb for MND to raise money and awareness for MND, and because it is an event that brings us all together for a fantastic cause.

Contact Rachel for: Anything related to Fundraising (fundraising idea, support, authority to fundraise letter, insurance letter, etc)! Rachel supports Liz with everything fundraising related, and is based in the Illawarra so if you are in the area Rachel would be your best point of contact. Contact Rachel by emailing rachel@firiesclimbformnd.org.au

Fundraising Champion

Jim Rumble

Role: Fundraising Champion

Agency: Retained Firefighter at 428 Queanbeyan Fire Station, and has been with FRNSW for 8 years. As well as being a firie Jim is also a full time train driver inWestern Australia.

About: 2018 will be climb number 4 for me, and the first year I’ve been apart of the of the Firies Climb Crew. I got involved because I watched my fiancé’s Mum Lorraine fight MND. She lost her battle in October 2014, and when we took on the first climb in 2015 I vowed fight with everything I have in me to find a cure for MND. By being involved, this is my way of making sure I do all I can do fight this horrible disease and kick its bum!

Contact Jim for: Anything related to Fundraising (fundraising idea, support, authority to fundraise letter, insurance letter, etc)! Jim supports Liz with everything fundraising related, and is based in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region so if you are in the area Jim would be your best point of contact. Contact Jim by emailing jim@firiesclimbformnd.org.au

Fundraising Champion