All eyes are on Mortdale fireys ahead of charity challenge

Stepping up: Mortdale firefighters Tim Hare, Adrian May, Michael O'Connor and David Speziale will take on the Sydney Tower Eye as part of Climb for the Cure. Picture: Jane Dyson

Stepping up: Mortdale firefighters Tim Hare, Adrian May, Michael O'Connor and David Speziale will take on the Sydney Tower Eye as part of Climb for the Cure. Picture: Jane Dyson

Mortdale firefighters are preparing to climb a staggering 1504 stairs in the Sydney Tower Eye on Sunday to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research.

The six Mortdale firefighters will join their colleagues from across Australia, and the world, who will be wearing their full firefighting gear weighing 20kg, as they climb 98 floors of Sydney Tower Eye.

It is part of a push to raise $500,000 which will go towards finding a cure for MND.

Of that the Mortdale firefighters hope to raise $5,000 and have already reached more than $3,300.

To reach their goal they have been holding a number of fundraising activities in the lead-up to the event including barbecues, open days, trivia nights and more.

Mortdale Captain Wayne Challinor said local crew members wanted to take part in the event to raise community awareness of the disease and to help raise money to go towards finding a cure.

“Each day, two Australians die from MND and another two are diagnosed with it. Ninety per cent of patients die within three to five years of first experiencing symptoms. The disease currently has no known cause or cure so research is urgently needed to help find some answers,” he said.

“Last year, FRNSW firefighters raised more than $180,000 to help continue that research. This year, we want to do our bit to help. We are very excited about taking part in the challenge.”

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