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Firefighters to 'Climb for the Kids' - fundraising for Australia’s largest children’s health research facility

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31 Aug 2016
Over 550 career and volunteer firefighters from across Australia, New Zealand and the world will compete against each other in a gruelling challenge of fitness and strength at the third annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb

Held this Saturday 3 September, the event simulates the actions of a firefighter entering a burning high rise building - wearing 25kg of protective clothing and breathing apparatus climbing up 28 floors, 476 steps of the Crown Metropol Hotel, Melbourne. The firefighters are aiming to record the fastest ascent and raise $343,000 for the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) to fund research and improve outcomes for childhood illnesses.

This year the firefighters will Climb for the Kids, to fund research at MCRI - Australia’s largest research institute dedicated to children’s health issues. MCRI has a world class team of 1500 researchers that are at the forefront of preventing and curing conditions like cancer, autism, genetic disorders, diabetes, pneumonia and obesity.

MCRI Director, Professor Kathryn North said “We are delighted to be the chosen organisation for such a remarkable fundraising event. The funds raised will make an enormous difference to the vital work our researchers undertake in finding treatments and cures for debilitating illnesses that affect children here and around the world, so every child can grow to reach their full potential.”

The event is the brain child of Metropolitan Fire Brigade Leading Firefighters Steve Axup and Mick Whitty, and was developed with the assistance of Leading Firefighter James Beard. Event Manager Steve Axup said that funds raised would target specific research into children’s illnesses.

“Brigades have fully immersed themselves in training for the event which provides a fantastic opportunity for firefighters to improve their physical fitness, build camaraderie, maintain skills and raise funds - a magnificent effort by all involved. It really is a fantastic demonstration of cooperation between the fire services who are all working together for the same objective.” 

“The event has gone from strength to strength and we are extremely grateful to the firefighters and volunteers who are giving so generously of their time and effort to make this event the success that it is.”

The Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb is a charity event run by the Firefighters Charity Fund Melbourne, which was established in 2009 by firefighters from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) to distribute funds to children’s health, burns treatment, cancer research and mental health. The event is supported by the MFB Charity Running Club.

Ann Peacock, General Manager of Public Relations at Crown Resorts said: “We are so proud to be associated with this fantastic event that raises such a great amount of money for such a worthy cause. The firefighters from around the world who will come together to climb Crown Metropol’s 28 levels on Saturday have made a sensational commitment and our staff too, very much look forward to a great day of fundraising.”

The Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb has been a tremendous success, raising in excess of $565,000 for burns, cancer and children’s health charities in the last two years.

The event is supported by Crown Metropol Hotel, Draeger, Tait Communications and Scania. For further information and to donate visit:

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