Gunnedah firefighter Daniel Poss is set to climb Sydney Tower Eye – all 98 floors – in a bid to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
The local miner and retained firefighter will climb the 1504 steps to the top of the tower wearing full firefighting gear, including breathing apparatus –weighing an extra 20 kilograms.
Hundreds of firefighters come together annually for the fundraising event to be held on October 14, with Poss to participate for the first time with fellow firefighters from the Uralla station.
Poss will be among teams of firefighters who will race to the top in a challenge, with a time of 12-15 minutes to beat.
He said while he doesn’t know someone personally affected by MND, he is looking forward to raising money for a good cause. Poss hopes his firefighting training will put him in a good position for the race.
“We saw it last year and thought we would give it a go and raise much-needed funds for Motor Neurone Disease,” Poss said.
“Between work and the station I’m hoping to fit in as much training as I can before the event.
“I’ll be running, walking, bike training and climbing Porky [Porcupine Lookout], and just looking after my general wellbeing.
“I think it will be a bit of fun and a challenge – a big challenge.”
MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease. MND affects the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable people to move, speak, breathe and swallow, causing them to degenerate and die. A person’s senses and intellect are not affected.
The three-man team have a target of $1600 to reach, with $650 already raised for the cause.
A barbecue will be held at Woolworths Gunnedah on July 15, with all money raised going toward’s Poss’ challenge.
Every dollar raised will directly support vital MND research at the Macquarie University MND Research Centre.
To donate visit firiesclimb.gofundraise.com.au/page/DanielPoss